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Starting Security Templates

  1. Decide whether to add security templates to an existing console or create a new console:

    • To create a new console, click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.

    • To add security templates to an existing console, open the console.

  2. On the Console menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in, and then click Add.

  3. Click Security Templates, click Add, click Close, and then click OK.

  4. On the Console menu, click Save.

  5. Type the name for assign to this console, and then click Save.

Note: The console appears in the My Documents folder.

Customizing a predefined security template

  1. In the Security Templates snap-in, double-click Security Templates.

  2. Double-click the default path folder (Systemroot\Security\Templates), and then right-click the predefined template that is to be modified.

  3. Click Save As, and then type a file name for the security template.

  4. Double-click the new security template to display the security policies (such as Account Policies), and then double-click the security policy that to be modified.

  5. Click the security area that is to be customized (such as Password Policy), and then double-click the security attribute to modify (such as Minimum Password Length).

  6. Click to select the Define this policy setting in the template check box to allow editing.

Defining a security template

  1. In the Security Templates snap-in, double-click Security Templates.

  2. Right-click the template path folder where the new template will be stored, and then click New Template.

  3. Type the name and description for the new security template. The new template then appears in the console tree.

  4. Double-click the new security template to display the security areas.

  5. Double-click the security policy (such as Account Policies) that to be customized, and then click the security area (such as Password Policy).

  6. Double-click the security attribute that is to be configured (such as Minimum Password Length).

  7. Click to select the Define this policy setting in the template check box to allow editing.

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