secedit

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Windows 2000 and Windows XP comes with a commandline utility,

Secedit

Configures and analyzes system security by comparing your current configuration to at least one template.


secedit /analyze /db FileName [/cfg FileName] [/log FileName] [/quiet]

Parameters

/db FileName
Required. Specifies the path and file name of a database that contains the stored configuration against which the analysis will be performed. If FileName specifies a new database, the /cfg FileName command-line option must also be specified.
/cfg FileName
Specifies the path and file name for the security template that will be imported into the database for analysis. This command-line option is only valid when used with the /db parameter. If this is not specified, the analysis is performed against any configuration already stored in the database.
/log FileName
Specifies the path and file name of the log file for the process. If this is not provided, the default log file is used.
/quiet
Suppresses screen and log output. You can still view analysis results by using Security Configuration and Analysis.

secedit /configure /db FileName [/cfg FileName ] [/overwrite][/areas area1 area2...] [/log FileName] [/quiet]

Parameters

/db FileName
Required. Provides the file name of a database that contains the security template that should be applied.
/cfg FileName
Specifies the file name of the security template that will be imported into the database and applied to the system. This command-line option is only valid when used with the /db parameter. If this is not specified, the template that is already stored in the database is applied.
/overwrite
Specifies whether the security template in the /cfg parameter should overwrite any template or composite template that is stored in the database instead of appending the results to the stored template. This command-line option is only valid when the /cfg parameter is also used. If this is not specified, the template in the /cfg parameter is appended to the stored template.
/areas area1 area2...
Specifies the security areas to be applied to the system. If an area is not specified, all areas are applied to the system. Each area should be separated by a space.
Area name Description
SECURITYPOLICY Local policy and domain policy for the system, including account policies, audit policies, and so on.
GROUP_MGMT Restricted group settings for any groups specified in the security template
USER_RIGHTS User logon rights and granting of privileges
REGKEYS Security on local registry keys
FILESTORE Security on local file storage
SERVICES Security for all defined services
/log FileName
Specifies the file name of the log file for the process. If it is not specified, the default path is used.
/quiet
Suppresses screen and log output.


Exports a stored template from a security database to a security template file.

Syntax

secedit /export [/mergedpolicy] [/DB FileName] [/CFG FileName] [/areas area1 area2...] [/log FileName] [/quiet]

Parameters

/mergedpolicy
Merges and exports domain and local policy security settings.
/db FileName
Specifies the database file that contains the template that will be exported. If the name of a database file is not provided, the system policy database is used.
/db FileName
Specifies the file name where the template should be saved.
/areas area1 area2...
Specifies the security areas to be exported to a template. If an area is not specified, all areas are exported. Each area should be separated by a space.
Area name Description
SECURITYPOLICY Specifies local policy and domain policy for the system, including account policies, audit policies, and so on.
GROUP_MGMT Specifies restricted group settings for any groups specified in the security template.
USER_RIGHTS Specifies user logon rights and granting of privileges
REGKEYS Specifies the security on local registry keys
FILESTORE Specifies the security on local file storage
SERVICES Specifies security for all defined services
/log FileName
Specifies the file name of the log file for the process. If not specified, the default path is used.
/quiet
Suppresses screen and log output.


Validates the syntax of a security template to be imported into a database for analysis or application to a system.

Syntax

secedit /validate FileName

Parameter

FileName
Specifies the file name of the security template you have created with Security Templates.

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