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How do I secure a Windows Server 2003/2008 Fileserver?

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What are the steps most systems administrators take for securing file servers? What security monitors do you set etc?
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Proper permissions is one of the biggest things for a file server.  Antivirus is also a big thing as client computers can be notorious for becoming infected and spreading via shares which gets other client machines infected.

I don't quite understand what you are referring to by security monitors.  Possibly audit logs?
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yes, i meant audit logs.  do you use the built in security auditing or third party? how would a virus infect a share and then spread to other computers?
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I generally don't audit file/folder access on shares for small business.  Usually the issue is the user modifies or deletes a file and needs the previous version which is where previous versions, shadow copy, & backups come in handy.

You can enable domain or local policies for audit tracking on who accesses files and folders including when they read and modify them.

If you're doing this on the file server itself it can be done via Local Security Policy / Audit Policy / Audit Object Access.  You can audit both success and/or failure.

Some viruses do spread via network shares, esp. mapped drives.  Some create autorun.inf's with the shares as well as drop files within the share for users to execute.  They can also attach to existing file formats depending on the virus/malware such as .exe, .doc, xls, .pdf, and so on.  I've finally eliminated this within my environment as I've recently gotten a new job.  Fun Fun.
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