Configuring Security

Configuring Security

Protecting your Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server organization means restricting communication between your intranet and the Internet. Having sound security practices inside your firewall is as important as a strong perimeter. This section is intended to help you protect all aspects of your system.

General Security describes how you can use Exchange Administration Delegation Wizard to assign administrative permissions to users, groups, or computers at the organization level or administrative group level, how to protect your organization from viruses, and how to use other system-wide security measures to guard your resources from unauthorized users. It also describes auditing, protocol logging, and message tracking, and the Windows 2000 security tools you can use with Exchange to protect your system. Precautionary measures you can take on your virtual servers, such as authentication and connection control, are covered as well.

Key Management Service (KMS) is an Exchange Advanced Security tool that protects data integrity through message encryption and digital signatures. KMS is an optional component of Exchange 2000 that works closely with Windows 2000 Server Certificate Services to provide a centralized public key infrastructure (PKI).

For information on protecting your Exchange servers from unauthorized access, and for an overview of Windows 2000 security concepts, see General Security.

For information on protecting messages through digital signatures and encryption, and for managing the keys that make this advanced security possible, see Advanced Security Featuring Key Management Service.