Updating Your Server for Security Course

A look at updates and server security.

39 minutes

Course description

When we install new devices or software, they need to be updated and checked for any tampering. Tampering with a device driver can introduce malware onto a server and spread to the entire network. Maintaining a server through updating is also very important: not only does it fix bugs and add features, but it protects against any new vulnerabilities discovered.


Upgrading to SMB 3.x

Video - 00:05:00

Removing access to SMB1x and utilizing only the latest in Server Message Block will keep the data stream from being compromised.
The Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit

Video - 00:07:00

This toolkit has some new and familiar options to increase security, using baselines and analyzers.
Security and maintenance demo

Video - 00:05:00

Demonstration of the security and maintenance apps previously described.
Action Center and security and maintenance apps

Video - 00:01:00

Maintenance is important to security and Microsoft has some built-in utilities to perform these tasks.
Driver signing security

Video - 00:03:00

Driver-signed devices add more security but sometimes, the security blocks the ability to add legitimate drivers. This can be fixed with a GPO.
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) demo

Video - 00:14:00

Why administrators should use WSUS to push updates to the domain-joined clients, and a demonstration of installation and basic configuration.
Updates and patches

Video - 00:04:00

An examination of the various ways you can update and patch your Windows server.

Meet the author

Robert McMillen

Professor Robert McMillen is a college instructor with over 50 technical certifications. He has an MBA and teaches Computer Science at Portland based colleges. Robert has earned multiple MCSEs and an MCT from Microsoft. He is the owner of Tech Publishing, a Portland-based network new media company. Robert has over 20 years of experience in network engineering and earned certifications from companies like Microsoft, Checkpoint, IBM, and Cisco. Some of his higher profile jobs have been restoring email for the government to prosecute Enron executives, training the network vulnerability assessment team for the U.S. Army, and relocating the Xbox world for Microsoft.

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