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Turning off LDAP Anonymous Directory Access Permitted on Windows Server 2013 R2

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How do you turn off LDAP anonymous on Windows Server 2013 R2 Domain Controller?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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That is the default configuration. Anonymous access has to be explicitly granted, and usually there is no good reason to do so.
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by:rjordanbots
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Sorry, I meant Windows Server 2012 R2
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Yeah. Since there is no 2013, I knew what you meant. Same answer.
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by:rjordanbots
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We had a security company come in and do a network assessment, this was one of the issues on the assessment that my boss wanted me to fix. I realize it is a default config. He did a ldapsearch to anonymously connect to the ldap service and pulled the Directory Information tree. I'm just not sure how to go about and turn this anonymous access off though. Or why do you say there isn't a good reason to do so? This is not for the DSE Root account.
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If someone enabled Anonymous LDAP binds on your AD in the past, it can be disabled by opening ADSIEdit and connecting to the configuration partition, then navigate to Services>Windows NT>Directory Service - Right click and select properties. Go to the attributes tab and check the dsHeuristics attribute. If it is set to 2, anonymous access to LDAP is enabled. Set it to 0 and that will disable it. Note, though, that despite the fact that Anonymous users can perform an LDAP bind if this is set to allow it, they are still limited to actions that are allowed to the anonymous user group.
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Thanks, Adam, this fixed the solution, appreciate it.
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