security tamplates

I would like to know in which case should I use security templates?

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jskfanAsked:
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PberConnect With a Mentor Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Depends on what you are doing:

See here for more info:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/windowsserver2003/w2003hg/sgch00.mspx
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Hardening-Servers-Security-Templates.html
http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Baselining-Security-Templates.html

These are good places to start.  When we developed our custom templates for our servers it took several months.  the process is simple, but finding and fixing what the template broke can be time consuming.
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Naser GabajConnect With a Mentor E&P Senior Software SpecialistCommented:
Greetings jskfan,

They are used to centralize security on many computers at one time.

Read more here:

http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Understanding-Windows-Security-Templates.html

Good Luck!
Naser
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PberSolutions ArchitectCommented:
We use them when we build our machines.  We have automated server builds (Normal file server, Domain Controller, DMZ server, etc) and part of the setup script is to template the box with the correct template to harden the server (File security/services/etc).

It's good for initial one time setup before you place the server into production.  Templating a box after it has been placed in production can cause problems since it can break things.  Install the OS/Configure/Template... ensure everything is working, if not fix it.   Then place into production.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
how do I l know which template should I install?
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