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Using Custom Security Templates

Updated: March 28, 2003

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Security templates are files that represent a security configuration. These files can be imported to a GPO, applied to a local computer, or used to analyze security. To edit individual security settings on a domain, site, or OU, administrators use the Group Policy Object Editor.

You can view the templates as text files or you can use the Security Templates snap-in to view the settings in each template. Security templates can be transported, imported, and exported. All of the security attributes in Table 4.1 can be contained in a security template.

Table 4.1   Security Template Attributes


Security Attribute Description

Account Policies

Password policy, account lockout policy, and Kerberos policy

Local Policies

Audit policy, user rights assignment, and other security options, including numerous security-related registry values

Event Log

Application, system, and security Event log settings

Restricted Groups

Membership of security-sensitive groups

System Services

Startup and permissions for system services


Permissions and auditing entries for registry keys

File System

Permissions and auditing entries for folders and files

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