file/print server audit/healthcheck

Posted on 2012-08-13
Last Modified: 2012-08-28
Aside from the security related issues of file/print servers (i.e. passwords, ACL's, patches, permissions, services/ports etc) what else would you include in a file/print server audit of your guest servers that are running solely as file/print servers? I could do with like a top 10 issues that an audit of such servers would include, with security being just one.

And in your opinion how long would it take to do an audit per server? 2 hours, 1 day, 5 days? Whats a realistic time frame?

Is it common to ask for an audit of file/print servers, or pretty unheard of? It just seems to me a perhaps overlooked area of risk in that you can have highly sensitive data sat on file servers but there seems more drive towards application audits/wireless audits/voip etc. Is file/rpint typically pulled in with other areas in an audit, i.e. AD?
Question by:pma111
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    Audits of Print and File Servers are still common, using Auditing Tools.

    Audit Sweeps, should not take very long per server 5-10mins per server.

    Permission Checks on File Shares and permissions will take much longer, depending upon how many shares and files.
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    What aside from the various security elements though would be included to cover all risks to file/print.

    What do you define as an audit sweep?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Patches, on the servers, security vulnerabilities.

    Regular sweep of all Servers, Desktops and LAN attached devices on the LAN.
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    If you ask "Aside from the security related issues...", then of course, there's performance. Audit the network load, the disk I/O-load, maybe even the CPU (if single core ;).
    Then some maintenance tasks: drivers up2date? printer drivers updated? RAID-monitoring setup and working? Any crashes?

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