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Do not attempt to implement any of the settings in this guide without first testing them in a non-operational environment. These recommendations and security template should be applied only to the Windows 2000 Professional workstation and will not work on Windows 2000 server or Windows XP.

This document is only a guide containing recommended security settings. It is not meant to replace well-structured policy or sound judgment. Furthermore this guide does not address site-specific configuration issues. Care must be taken when implementing this guide to address local operational and policy concerns.

This document was developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology by employees of the Federal Government in the course of their official duties. NIST collaborated with NSA, DISA, CIS, and SANS to produce the security templates. Pursuant to title 17 Section 105 of the United States Code this document and template are not subject to copyright protection and is in the public domain. NIST assumes no responsibility whatsoever for its use by other parties, and makes no guarantees, expressed or implied, about its quality, reliability, or any other characteristic. We would appreciate acknowledgement if the document and template are used.

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Updates History
  • Security Templates (.inf files)
    • 2002-11-19 - Release Version R1.2.3.
    • 2002-01-28 - Draft Release

  • Systems Administration Guidance for Windows 2000 Professional document
    • 2002-11-19 - Final version.
    • 2002-01-28 - Draft version.

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