We have got to audit a number of virtual windows 2008 file/database servers for critical controls, albeit not just specific to security (although they will undoubtedly be up there in the top 15). By audit this is more a risk assessment/healthccheck, not audit who can access what in the traditional sense of the word.
I was trying to identify probably a top 10-15 critical controls list for the servers so we can do as much as possible in the time available. Patching, weak password identification etc are 2 obvious security ones, but I don’t want to purely focus on security settings.
The objective is to ensure the servers have optimum availability, security/confidentiality, integrity, alignment with vital controls and best practice. What would your top 15 checks be in your expert opinion, i.e. which are the most important/vital. I would rather some feedback rather than being pointed to a guide.