How to manage network access for a Windows server

Secure network access management is an achievable goal. Find out how to control network access to a Windows server on a single domain.

We're a small, non-profit firm with a single domain. Our accounting department has its server on a network in that office (no access to the live network). They want me to move their server down to the server room and put it on the network. How can I add this server to the network but only allow network access to the accounting department?
Assuming that the server on this "mini-network" in your accounting office isn't connected to a domain, and it has user accounts configured for your accounting employees, simply moving the server from one room to another and connecting it to a different network won't change its access restrictions.

Anyone connecting to the machine -- again, assuming there are accounts configured on the machine and it wasn't secured solely by the fact it was in its own network -- will be prompted for credentials.

If not, just add some user accounts for only the people who need to access the server and remove anonymous access. You don't mention which operating system this server is running on or what services this server has provisioned (is it only a file server? Or is there server software for a particular accounting program?), so I can't give specific advice, but this general suggestion should pave the way.

This was first published in November 2007

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