Exam 70-270 – Configuring Auditing (Part II)

Auditing allows you to track events that occur on the network. When it comes to exam 70-270, you will be expected to know how to use auditing to secure a computer. In this installment of Configuring Auditing, you will learn how to use auditing to track the user of user rights.

Security reports show that many of the attacks that occur against networks are performed by trusted users, meaning users on the inside, not the outside. Now there are many things you can to do protect your network and monitoring use of user rights is just one of those things. Once you have assigned a user or group account additional user rights, you will probably want to track how they are using them. You can do this by enabling the Audit privilege use policy setting. You can enable this feature in Windows XP using the steps outlined below:
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Exam 70-270 – Configuring Auditing (Part I)

Auditing is a general tool that has been around since the days of Windows NT. Auditing is very similar to Performance Monitor, in that it waits for a specific event to occur, and then reports on it within the Event Viewer. Instead of waiting for system performance events, auditing usually tracks the success or failure of system and security events. Traditionally, auditing was most frequently performed for user logon/logoff (to track tardy employees) and sensitive file access (to see who and how often file access occurred).

Auditing with Windows XP is configured in several different ways, all depending upon what needs to be audited, and where that object resides. Generally, the first step is to enable the specific type of auditing through the audit policy, which will usually begin the audit process at that point. Auditing is generally turned on through a security policy, which is another part of Group Policy. These security policies are generally accessed through Administrative Tools. The audit policy events include:
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Exam 70-270 – Drivers And Driver Signing (Part II)

A very important point to remember when taking exam 70-270 is that Microsoft recommends you only install drivers that have been tested for compatibility with Windows XP. Drivers that have met the Designed for Microsoft Windows XP logo requirements are digitally signed and safe to install on your computer.

Windows XP includes three different options for driver signing. The option you select will tell Windows what to do when it detects an unsigned driver (this is a driver that has not been tested with Windows). You can configure the driver signing options from the System Properties dialog box. The different options include:
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Exam 70-270 – Drivers And Driver Signing (Part I)

The main tool in Windows XP used for managing drivers is Device Manager. The Device Manager provides a graphical view of the hardware that is currently installed on the computer. The device drivers and resources associated with that hardware are listed in the properties of each device. If you have never opened the utility, you can so do by right clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, and clicking the Device Manager button from the Hardware tab.

If you have taken a peek in the Device Manager before, you may have noticed some kind of icon or mark beside one of your hardware components. Such a symbol would usually indicate that a device is not functioning correctly. However, the type of symbol will give you more of an indication as to what the problem might be. So here is a quick overview of the meaning behind these symbols.
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Exam 70-270 – Automatic Updates (Part II)

Automatic Updates is a great feature of Microsoft operating systems that allows you to easily keep your system up to date and secure. In the previous installment of this article, I showed you how to configure Automatic Updates through the System Properties dialog box. In this article, I’ll show you alternate method.

Automatic Updates can be configured through the Local Group Policy. More experienced users may want to use this method instead using the System Properties dialog box. You can configure Automatic Updates settings through the Local Group Policy using the steps outlined below:
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Exam 70-270 – Automatic Updates (Part I)

One of the very many topics you need to thoroughly understand for Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional, is Automatic Updates. You need to understand the different between the various update options and you need to know how to configure them.

With Automatic Updates, administrators and users have more control over how updates are downloaded and installed. It allows you to configure how and when Windows should be updated with the latest product updates. For example, updates can be downloaded automatically and installed at a pre-configured schedule. The options available with Automatic Updates include:
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