Grant A User Permission To Perform Backups (2k/XP/2003)

Giving a user administrative privilege means that user now has full control over your computer. Normally when you are considering user rights and permissions, you should follow the principle of least privilege. This means only assign a user the minimal amount of rights and permissions for them to perform their required tasks. For example, if you want to give a user the right to backup files and directories you could add the user to the Administrators group. However, this goes against the principle of least privilege. A more appropriate solution would be to add the user to the Backup Operators group. You can do so using the following steps:
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Force Users To Change Passwords Every 30 Days (2k/XP/2003)

It is always recommended that users be forced to change their password to increase security. You can force users to change their password at a specific interval, such as every 30 days. You can configure this behavior by editing the local security policy.

  1. Click Start and select Control Panel.
  2. Double click Administrative Tools.
  3. Double click Local Security Policy.
  4. Expand Account Policies and select Password Policy.
  5. In the details pane, double click Maximum password age.
  6. Use the arrow and set the value to 30 days.
  7. Click OK.

You can also ensure that users keep the same password for a minimum number of days by changing the Minimum password age. Complete steps 1 through 4 and double click Minimum password age in the details pane.

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