Security settings

With security settings, you can modify the security policy of an organizational unit, domain, or site, from any one computer that is joined to a domain.

Security settings allow a security administrator to modify security settings assigned to a Group Policy object

To modify the security settings on your local computer, see Local Security Policy

Before changing security settings, see Checklist: Securing your computers using Security Configuration Manager 

For tips about using security settings, see Best Practices 

For help with specific tasks, see How to 

For general background information, see Concepts 

For problem-solving instructions, see Troubleshooting 

Other security policy tools include:

Security Configuration Manager Description

Security Templates

You can define a security policy in a template. These templates can be applied to a Group Policy object or to your local computer security.

Security Configuration and Analysis

You can use this tool to configure your computer using a security template or to compare your current computer settings to the settings defined in a security template.

Local Security Policy

You can use this tool to edit individual security settings on your local computer.

Secedit.exe Command-line tool

You can use this tool to automate security configuration tasks.

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