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Windows Server 2019 ships and installs with an existing level of hardening that is significantly more secure compared to previous Windows Server operating systems. Gone are the bloat of Xbox integration and services and the need for third-party security solutions to fill security gaps.
Operating System (OS) hardening provides additional layers of security and preventative measures against both unauthorized changes and access. Hardening is critical in securing an operating system and reducing its attack surface.
Be careful! If you harden an operation system too much, you risk breaking key functionality.
Harden your Windows Server 2019 servers or server templates incrementally. Implement one hardening aspect at a time and then test all server and application functionality. Your cadence should be to harden, test, harden, test, etc.
Mistakes to avoid
Reducing the surface area of vulnerability is the…