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Applying policy created in the Security Command Wizard (SCW)

Can a policy created in the Security Command Wizard (SCW) on a Windows Server 2003 be applied to older versions?
Unfortunately not, since there is no function in the earlier versions of Windows Server 2003 to read in the XML-based policy that the SCW creates. You'll need to use security templates to transport policies around in a similar manner on machines not upgraded to SP1.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information, register for Jonathan Hassell's webcast New security enhancements in Windows Server 2003 SP1, or view the following checklists in the series:

  • Quick setup for the Security Configuration Wizard
  • Deploy Windows Server 2003 SP1 with Remote Installation Services (RIS)
  • How to use the Security Configuration Wizard command-line tool
  • This was first published in July 2005

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