eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security

The firewall configuration interface looks similar to that in Windows XP, but ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) rules are kept elsewhere—in the advanced configuration pane.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - Advanced Firewall Configuration Screen

We needed to access a different configuration screen to set up the outbound firewall rules.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - Configuring Windows Firewall via Group Policy

Vista offers pretty rich firewall controls via Group Policy. However, these settings are available in a newer ADMX GPO (Group Policy Object) format, so they cannot be used for legacy Windows XP systems.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - Limited Defender Management

We could configure only a few of Windows Defenders behaviors via Group Policy. Here, we turn it off so we can use something else.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - Enabling USB Thumb Drives for BitLocker

To enable the use of thumb drives instead of a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip, we needed to modify the local GPO or a domain-based GPO.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - The BitLocker Configuration Dialog

This screen shows BitLocker enabled, but if a TPM chip is not present and the GPO isnt changed to allow the use of USB drives, we couldnt get this far.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - BitLocker Wizard

Through the BitLocker wizard, we could define where to store the decryption key and the recovery password, and specify whether to perform the system check.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Vista Security - BitLocker Error

When the security check fails to detect the presence of a TPM chip or a USB key containing the correct decryption key, BitLocker cancels the disk encryption.

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