Topic Last Modified: 2007-12-20
Updated: January 29, 2004
Before you get started with any software deployment, you should think about the best ways to help protect your servers and users. On any computer, you need to make sure the operating system and application software is up to date and the latest fixes are installed. For Microsoft Exchange Server, also think about how you’re going to help protect your servers from e-mail-borne viruses.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Perform the installation and configuration of Exchange 2000 Server and Exchange Server 2003 on your internal network first, even if the server will eventually be connected to the Internet. Ideally, this installation and configuration should be performed on a network that has a firewall and protected from any other computers until all software updates have been applied.
Install the latest updates for Windows and Exchange Server:
Install Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, which compares the state of your system to the security updates that are available for Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Exchange Server 2003.
See Microsoft Security Bulletin Search to search for any security bulletins with updates that apply to your server.
Visit the Microsoft Update site to scan your computer and install the latest service packs and relevant updates for Windows.
Get links to the latest service packs and support options on the Exchange Server home page.
- Install Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, which compares the state of your system to the security updates that are available for Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Exchange Server 2003.
Think about how you can help protect your server and users from viruses, worms, and spam as well as any other security concerns that your organization might have. For more information, visit: