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Part V: Appendixes > Windows 2000 Professional Configuration Checklist

Windows 2000 Professional Configuration Checklist

  • Verify that all disk partitions are formatted with NTFS

  • Verify that the Administrator account has a strong password

  • Disable unnecessary services

  • Disable or delete unnecessary accounts

  • Protect files and directories

  • Make sure the Guest account is disabled

  • Protect the registry from anonymous access

  • Apply appropriate registry ACLs

  • Restrict access to public Local Security Authority (LSA) information

  • Set stronger password policies

  • Set account lockout policy

  • Configure the Administrator account

  • Remove all unnecessary file shares

  • Set appropriate ACLs on all necessary file shares

  • Install antivirus software and updates

  • Install the latest Service Pack

  • Install the appropriate post-Service Pack security hotfixes

Verify that all disk partitions are formatted with NTFS

NTFS partitions offer access controls and protections that aren’t available with the FAT, FAT32, or FAT32x file systems. Make sure that all partitions on your computer are formatted using NTFS. If necessary, use the convert utility to non-destructively convert your FAT partitions to NTFS.


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