Turn Current Windows Security Settings into a Template

Posted on 2005-05-04
Last Modified: 2010-08-05
I know how to use the Security Template snap in to build a custom template from scratch. I also know how to use the Security Configuration and Analysis tools to compare your current settings against a template and then apply the changes you want. But no matter how much I google and crack books I cannot seem to find a way to turn my current Security settings into a template, which I can then use at a later time.

There must be some way to QUICKLY turn your current settings into a Security Template but I don't know how.

Question by:djtomr941
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    Accepted Solution

    Actually, there is a way... here's how:

    1) Runn MMC and add the snap-in "Security Configuration and Analysis"
    2) Then from the Security Configuration and Analysis snap-in/tool, right click on "Security Configuration and Analysis" and then click on Database.
    3) Ok, here's the tricky part, the box says "Open", but actually, you could also save this to save your new database. Let's say, you go into your Desktop and then type in the Filename box "MySettings" and choos the File Type "Security Database Files (*.sdb)".
    4) Click on Open and the "Import Template" box would appear.
    5) Select any template you like there, say "securews.inf" then click on Open
    6) Then right-click Security Configuration and Analysis again and click on "Analyze Computer Now"
    7) Select the path of the log file and click on OK
    8) After this has been done, you can selectively configure the settings you want.
    9) This is the part to save the template.... After you have done configuring the individual settings, right click on Security Configuration and Analysis again and click on "Export Template" and then type in the filename you want your template to be named.... that is the part that saves the template.
    10) You can also save the database "MySettings.sdb" by right-clicking on Security Configuration and Analysis and click on Save.

    Happy configuring!


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    Expert Comment

    If you don't need to configure anything, you could skip step 8 and can go ahead with step 9 which is the step to actually create the template.


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