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Applying policy created in the Security Command Wizard (SCW)

Site expert Jonathan Hassell explains how to apply policy created in the Security Command Wizard (SCW) to older version of Windows Server 2003 in this response.

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 last published in July 2005

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