Malware and Certificates

Malware can enter a server many ways, but will you know what to do with it when it does? A look at how to handle malware when it does infect a server.


  • Certificates overview and use in Windows Server Video — 00:03:39
    • Learn how to protect your Windows Server from ransomware, using a feature to block the ability to encrypt certain files and folders.

  • CA installation and demo Video — 00:06:32
    • See how to install a certificate authority and distribute trusted certificates to a Windows Server and clients.

  • Certificate demonstration using Internet Information Services Video — 00:06:08
    • Watch how to install and configure a secure website, using Internet Information Services.

  • Malware types and delivery Video — 00:07:30
    • The many types of malware that can affect any Windows computer are discussed and examined.

  • Anti-malware programs Video — 00:07:16
    • Windows Defender and third-party antivirus programs are discussed.

  • Detecting phishing attacks Video — 00:03:20
    • Using Microsoft Exchange on Windows Server, Outlook and email headers, phishing attacks can be examined through email headers.

  • Script blocking with File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) Video — 00:11:00
    • A demonstration of FSRM to keep certain files from being run on a server, in order to protect against malware.

  • Disk and user quotas demo Video — 00:06:01
    • Authorized users can fill up a hard drive and cause a server to crash. By limiting what a user can save both in file size and type, you can protect the server from that outcome.

  • How to detect and prevent intruders Video — 00:06:50
    • A discussion on IDS and IPS devices and how they can protect a network.

  • Windows Defender demo Video — 00:07:58
    • A demonstration of how to scan for malware, protect devices and all other Defender settings to make configuration changes to protect your servers.


Course description

In this course, we will explore how malware interacts with servers and how you can guard against it. Certificate services can add additional layers of security, using many Windows applications like the web server and encrypting file system. By using trusted domain certificates, you can keep these systems safe from malware and attacks.

Meet the author

Robert McMillen started his career as an IT administrator for a manufacturing company after earning his CompTIA A+. He quickly learned how to fix and troubleshoot desktops and laptops, but his real passions were networking and server administration. Shortly after, he earned his first MCSE and Cisco CCNA and has continued with various certifications over the years (now over 50). He earned a Microsoft Certified Trainer certification and seven MCSEs. He started a successful consulting company in 2001 and eventually sold it in 2017 to focus on teaching networking and security in college and being a video and book author. Some interesting jobs he’s performed include restoring the Enron emails for the Justice Department, training troops headed to Iraq on network security, and managing a billion dollar merger of Cisco network and Microsoft technologies.

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