Server Hardening for Windows Server 2008/2008 R2/2012/2012 R2/2016 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello,

    I am looking for a checklist or standards or tools for server hardening of the following Windows Servers: -

    1. Windows Server 2008/2008R2

    2. Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

    3. Windows Server 2016

    Is there any out of the box tools available when we install the Operating System? or any Tools or Document guide available from Microsoft.

    Thanks in advance.


    • Edited by Rajiv IR Friday, September 21, 2018 8:34 AM
    Friday, September 21, 2018 8:31 AM


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  • Use your favorite search engine to search the internet.  Lots of information out there.  Here are a couple.  However, you need to tailor each for your particular environment.  Some of the suggestions may not have any bearing on your environment and would not increase its 'hardness' and would only create additional overhead on your part.

    What are the recommended hardened services settings for Windows -

    Hardening the Windows infrastructure -


    Friday, September 21, 2018 12:45 PM
  • hi,
    there are some documents for your reference. I hope it will help you.
    Checklist for Security Best Practices

    Windows Server Hardening Checklist
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    Monday, September 24, 2018 7:06 AM
  • I also found Security Compliance Toolkit, Windows Security Baselines and Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer for hardening the servers.

    Thanks, Rajiv Iyer

    • Marked as answer by Rajiv IR Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:23 AM
    Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:23 AM