Securing Data on a Windows Server

Data can be secured in multiple ways. The data stream can be intercepted and the data itself can be stolen. Let’s explore the topic.


  • NTFS permissions Video — 00:02:54
    • A discussion of permissions to files and folders in the security tab.

  • NTFS permissions demo Video — 00:10:00
    • Permissions to files and folders in the security tab are demonstrated.

  • Share permissions Video — 00:03:45
    • An examination of share permissions for users to open files on a file server securely.

  • Share permissions demo Video — 00:09:26
    • A demonstration of share permissions.

  • Encrypting File System (EFS) Video — 00:02:24
    • File and folder encryption is discussed to encrypt specific data on your Windows server.

  • EFS demonstrated Video — 00:06:39
    • File and folder encryption is demonstrated, along with a recovery agent certificate as a backup.

  • Data encryption using BitLocker Video — 00:02:26
    • A demonstration of BitLocker data encryption, Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and key restoration.

  • BitLocker demonstration on a Hyper-V virtual machine Video — 00:09:16
    • BitLocker works differently on a virtual machine because of virtual trusted platform modules. This will be demonstrated.

  • Anti-encryption feature demo Video — 00:04:12
    • A demonstration of how to keep third-party products (such as malware) from encrypting files on your Windows server.

  • Add auditing to monitor shared resources Video — 00:06:45
    • A demonstration of how to enable and read auditing and advanced auditing to see what users are doing with the shared files and folders.


Course description

In this course, we’ll look at how to encrypt both the stream and the data to ensure data integrity from the point of entry to the egress. You learn how to encrypt simple folders and files using the built-in EFS utility and entire hard drives using BitLocker. You’ll also learn how to restore encrypted files if there’s an issue with certificate corruption.

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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