Securing Windows images using permissions

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 4 March 2009 / Last Updated on 14 Nov. 2008]

Customized Windows images may contain sensitive or proprietary information. Here's a tip on how to secure your images using permissions when using Windows Deployment Services.

Customized Windows images may contain sensitive or proprietary information. To secure your images when using Windows Deployment Services, do the following:

1. Create a security group named Installations (or something similar) to contain the users who will be allowed to install images from your Windows DS server.

2. Open the Windows Deployment Services console, select your Windows DS server, expand the Install Images node, and right-click on an Image Group and select Properties.

3. Select the Security tab and grant Read and Execute permission for the Installation group, and remove any permissions for accounts other than SYSTEM and Administrators. Repeat for each additional Image Group in your server's repository.

Security settings applied to Image Groups automatically propagate to images within those groups. You can also secure images individually using the Security tab on their properties sheets.

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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