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    Sucuring win2k network

    This is my first post in these forums....

    I'm currently working on a corporate project that involves setting up the hosting of our web site in our offices. I'm not a MSFT sys admin (i rather prefer development, but how can I explain this to my boss Mr. "let cut down the budget"?), so regarding issues like security and performance I feel kind of lost. I have some concerns, and i'd be glad if any one can help me here.

    1.- Where can I find guides or checklist that help me to make a secure win 2k server installation?. I've found some at microsoft website, but I'd prefer other sources to get objectives recommendations. I found a couple that talk exclusive about securing IIS 5, and they are usefull. żAny body knows if out there exist some like that for SQL server boxes?.

    2.- I've been investigating about IPsec. I'm still not sure what the hell it is but, is it worthy to continue the research?

    3.- Finally, I'm thinking to use a linux box to Firewall and NAT (masquerading) services.... anybody can recommend source information to setup a Red Hat 7.1 box to acomplish that?

    BTW, if you see any misspelled word in my post it's just because I'm from Venezuela... thank you guys
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    securing win2k

    The NSA website has some decent documentation on how to secure W2K, or rather, some guidelines for running secure win2k.

    either browse from

    www.nsa.gov or go to


    http://nsa1.<a rel="nofollow" href="...nxion.com/</a>

    ********Edit, GRRRR, this board keeps putting new characters in that last url.....
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    I'm sure I dont need to say this, but I will anyway...

    The documents are pdf's so you will need Adobe Acrobat REader...
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    I would check out the NT faq
    www.ntfaq.com

    it has a great forum and covers everything from M$
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    Why doesn't Mr. "lets cut down the budget" get rid of high Microsoft liscense fees and install some flavor of linux.

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    Already stuck

    our app is a ASP / DLL / MSSQL web site... We are planning an enviroment with 8 boxes, but 6 must be MS boxes (3 webs, 2 sql and 1 AD Domain controller).we can cut just in the file server and firewall.....
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    The best site forr IIS is www.iisfaq.com, and it includes lots of suff on securing them.
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    simplify your life and take a look at ISA server. If you install linux firewall all the windows folks you work with are going to get really p*ss3d at you, 'cause they can't work it, thats what happened where i work anyway.
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    Microsoft's site has TONS of guides to help secure your Win 2k environment. Microsoft Security

    Also they have a securtity toolkit that they will mail to you, free of charge!
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    simplify your life and take a look at ISA server
    I agree, i have set up an ISA Server box at work, and its working just fine ( at least for now ) I'm using it as Web cache / Firewall / Web Proxy.

    In terms of security we have a cisco 2600 for connecting to the internet at a 256Kbs ( Frame Relay ), connected directly at the ISA Server, so we have 2 levels of protection that way.

    A great place to look for information about ISA Server is www.isaserver.org. For me was a great help.

    For securing your windows servers use this tool. It downloads a xml file from microsoft and checks your system for available updates. The good thing is that you can run it to test all machines on your network( this saves a lot of trouble ), as long as you have administrator access. W2K/NT(/XP?) only.

    Hope I could help.
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    Re: Sucuring win2k network

    Originally posted by estebanf
    3.- Finally, I'm thinking to use a linux box to Firewall and NAT (masquerading) services.... anybody can recommend source information to setup a Red Hat 7.1 box to acomplish that?
    http://www.linuxdoc.org/

    You'll find anything you need there!
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