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Configuring Windows 2000 Server Security (Syngress) [Paperback]

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28 Jan 2000 Syngress
This work provides information about the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system security devices, including security management using the Microsoft Security Configuratin Tool Set, support for IP security, the Encrypting File System, Public Key Infrastructure, smart cards and Kerberos. 4

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Syngress Media,U.S. (28 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928994024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928994022
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,535,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The publication of Windows 2000 Server Security coincides with the release of the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) program for Win32 systems, Troj_Trin00. Windows server admins have never needed a greater understanding of network security. Microsoft has put major efforts into Win2000 security. The authors discuss the new features: Kerberos v5, the Encrypting File System (EFS) and IPSec, which secures data on the move. Much of this depends on integrated support for public key encryption systems. They also discuss permissions in the new Active Directory service.

"Discuss" is the operative word here. This is not a how-to book, and won't satisfy readers wanting to learn how implement the various security options available. Most of the content of the first nine chapters is distilled into an "executive briefing"-style tenth chapter, which can itself be boiled down to, "security is a good thing". A "rummage sale" approach to topics, combined with more than a few ungrammatical statements, suggests a rushed approach to sub-editing, as do statements like the authors' incredible claim that "There really is something to be said for attempting 'security through obscurity'". In this reviewer's opinion, obscurity is to security as censorship is to pornography: it only affects those who aren't interested anyway. Windows 2000 Server is here for the long haul, and while those looking for general information will get background here, admins who need to understand the best way to make it secure would do well to wait for more detailed books. --Steve Patient

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5.0 out of 5 stars 2000 security server 29 July 2001
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THis windows 2000 review security is very reliable program which not that hard to use. This program is for us to use but it is in the market for our costumer so its easy for them and have no problem in the security 2000 server...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has all the juicy details 2 Feb 2000
By Richard Smith - Published on
I bought this book because I wasn't able to make much sense out of the stuff in TechNet regarding how security worked in Windows 2000. I was pleasantly surprized to see that all the things I was wondering about, like IPSec and the Security Configuration Manager and Kerberos were covered in a way that I could understand and use on the job. I've seen the shinder's write on the mailing lists and newsgroups, and was happy to see they write books as good as they write emails. I recommend this book to anybody needing to get a handle on Windows 2000 security.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel Secure 6 Jan 2000
By Todd Michaels - Published on
I am responsible for our company's migration to Windows 2000, and implementing and maintaining security procedures is obviously a huge part of this task. Win200 includes so many new security features (Kerberos, PKI, etc.), you really need significant resources to understand them all. The authors of this book obviously know their stuff and have spent some serious time researching this book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only good Windows 2000 Security 4 July 2000
By Jay Nuckt - Published on
I bought this book after trying to understand the material in TechNet. Since I wasn't able to understand what they were trying to say, I got the Coriolis Win2000 Black Book. That was a mistake. In desparation I got this one, and everything started to make sense. The chapters on IPSec, the Security Configuration Toolset and Distributed Security Services are worth the price of the book alone. Until someone comes out with a better W2000 Security book, this is the book to have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Safe and Sound 7 Jan 2000
By Louis Greenfield - Published on
Whether you're looking for the 10,000 foot perspective or a step-by-step guide down the migration path, this book fits the bill. I found the in-depth discussions of Kerberous v5 authentication, PKI support, NTFS encryption and IPSec particularly insightful and helpful.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but uneven 4 July 2000
By Jane - Published on
Finally had a weekend off to read! I read this book to get up to speed on Win2k security and to prepare for the MCSE exams. This book has some very excellent material, and some not so excellent chapters. For example, IPSec had the best description of the protocol and how to implement it I've seen in any book. But, the explanation of Kerberos was as bad as reading the Microsoft materials. I'll this book a 5 stars becuase overall its the best Security book out there right now
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