“Windows Server is the platform for building an infrastructure of connected applications, networks, and web services, from the workgroup to the data center.” -Microsoft
#TechStarters provides support for Windows Servers
Being a long-standing certified Microsoft 365 partner, #TechStarters has knowledge and understanding of Windows Server. We know how important it is for your company. The Windows Server has many roles that it can perform. Frequently it provides a centralized point of management for all desktop and laptop computers in each company.
- Active Directory
- Group Policy
- Domain Name System (DNS)
- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
- Databases (storing & sharing)
- Remote Desktop Services
- Print Services
Windows Server performs so many critical functions for a company. It comes with a surprise to see that these servers are often found with little to no security. If the server can communicate with clients, then it can access the internet. Without proper protection, it leaves the server vulnerable to any virus that is out there. With the roles it performs, a breach of a server is much more critical than a desktop. As a result, leaving it unsecured allows it to become a holy grail for hackers.
Protecting / Server Hardening
For any company, especially those that must follow compliance resolutions like HIPPA, anti-virus is a must, but it is only the first step. Server Hardening is the process of enhancing server security through a variety of means. It reduces vulnerability and creates a more secure server operating environment.
Intentionally designed to harm, malware software causes damage to a computer or server and wreaks havoc to clients or companies' computer networks. However, to protect the server from malware an antivirus is needed. As of 2016, Windows Server now includes Windows Defender Antivirus! Windows Defender AV can actively and immediately protect the Windows Server from malware. It receives regular updates through Windows Updates for its anti-malware definitions. With it constantly delivering new layers of protection, it is becoming an active component in a company’s defense against threats.
Also, Privileged Identity is becoming the new security boundary in the Windows Server. With all the need to protect and monitor privileged access, a company can assign, monitor, and limit the timespan of users with administrative privileges. This helps to prevent an attacker from gaining credentials that would have allow them to attack other systems, such as the Dynamic Host Configuration (DHCP) Server.
Finally, patches can be scheduled to install and restart overnight when no one is using the server. The set of changes to the computer server is known as a Server Patch, whether it be data designed to update, fix, or even improve the server. Correcting security weaknesses, and other similar problems that may arise in the server makes patches critical for any company. Poor patch management can leave an organization's server exposed to 'Bad Actors' who may hijack data unless a ransom is paid. Patches help with removing or fixing these security vulnerabilities, making it so 'Bad Actors' cannot exploit precious information from an organization.
Windows vs Windows Server
Many people claim to be knowledgeable of Windows Server. Windows and Windows Server look similar. The desktop looks the same. This includes the taskbar, desktop icons, and the start button. They assume they can simply set up, and manage Windows Server, with no training. Most of the time, they just follow Wizards and use Google as their guide.
However, the two versions have more differences than they do with similarities. As a rule of thumb, Windows excels at everyday uses that a user may need while Windows Server manages computers, users, files, and services. Unlike Windows with a smaller amount of RAM, Windows Server supports more powerful hardware with quite a larger amount of RAM. Compared to Windows, which is free, Windows Server licenses are not as easy to buy since they are meant for business and could be expensive. It is priced accordingly since it is primarily designated for businesses. However, some companies choose a Volume License route to help with expenses. Volume Licensing is a software setup that uses a single license key to authorize the software on multiple computers.
Due to these differences, it is easy to identify the professionals from those individuals that claim to be knowledgeable. Asking professional technician questions about the critical behind-the-scenes parts of Windows Server can help point them out. A technician needs to be fluent in Dynamic Host Configuration, Domain Name System, Remote Desktop Services, and Active Directory Domain Controllers.
Windows Server Knowledgeable
Active Directory Domain Controllers provide managed domain services such as domain join, group policy, and more. A managed domain is a Domain Name System (DNS) namespace and matching directory. DNS is a naming database, in which internet domain names are located and translated into internet protocol (IP) addresses. Active Directory provides access to a central set of users, groups, and credentials in an organization. Domains are arranged in order of ranks to organize the users and computers that work together on the same network. The domain control (DC) keeps all the data organized and secured. A domain controller not only responds to requests and verifies users on a computer network, but also, protects from attackers and detects cyber-attacks as they are in progress.
As the area's leading expert on computer security, #TechStarters, will ensure your organization's Windows Server is secured correctly. We will conduct set-up, manage, maintain, migrate, and monitor your business’s servers, and more. Live technical support is open 24/7 to provide immediate onsite resolution of your Windows Server needs.
For all your Windows Server needs, call us today (877) 932-0040.