Thor's Microsoft Security Bible

A Collection of Practical Security Techniques

Thor’s Microsoft® Security Bible provides a "one-stop-shop" for Microsoft-related security techniques and procedures as applied to the typical deployment of a Microsoft-based infrastructure. The book contains detailed security concepts and methodologies described at every level: Server, Client, Organizational Structure, Platform-specific security options, application specific security (IIS, SQL, Active Directory, etc.) and also includes new, never-before-published security tools complete with source code.


Systems and Network Administrators, IT Managers, Security and Network Engineers, Database Administrators

Hardbound, 336 Pages

Published: July 2011

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-59749-572-1


  • "Mullen presents realistic business scenarios with tips on products, tools, and methods to create an autonomous web traffic monitor, analyze and block traffic based on geolocation, set up a secure external web proxy, cover remote desktop protocol security, and create and maintain service users."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
    "This book presents a fascinating collections of practical and immediately implementable Microsoft security techniques, processes, and methodologies uniquely illustrated through real-world process examples. The author enriches the reader with detailed technical information on security processes for all major Microsoft applications in simple readable form…Top security professionals as well as many younger aspirants in the security sector should find this book extremely informative and useful."--Security Management, December 2012, page 83
    "I was looking for the standard security bible (change this setting or that setting), and I did ultimately get that. Thor’s chosen delivery method does walk through the changing of settings, but does it in such a subtle way as to not make the content boring. This is a book that when you begin, you think ‘huh?’ But once you complete it, you think ‘Ah ha!’ Generally, security bibles can be dull, but given the author’s humor, vast knowledge of securing Windows Server 2008, and his ability to explain the topics to even a novice, makes this work shine. Anyone working in a Windows Server environment is doing themselves a disservice by not reading this book. The included video content was refreshing, as the author continues his dialogue with you. He walks through setting up Chapter 1 and Chapter 7 on the fly, so any mistakes you will see. It was nice to hear his voice, since, if you’re like me, it makes it easier when reading. TMSB is a great book, and for all you Windows 2008 Server Administrators out there, I’d run, not walk, to get this book!"--
    "This book is aimed at technical, security and non-security professionals alike, used to bolster their security knowledge and to allow them to harden services that are often reliant on general OS hardening and firewalls. The book offers detailed descriptions on how to provide secure infrastructure services, such as SQL, as a least- privileged account, and therefore offers system engineers a guide to bolstering their system’s security posture as much as is possible."--Best Systems Administration Book in InfoSecReviews Book Awards


  • Chapter 1 Securely Writing Web Proxy Log Data to Structured Query Language (SQL) Server and Programmatically Monitoring Web Traffic Data in Order to Automatically Inject Allow/Deny Rules into Threat Management Gateway (TMG)


    Scope and Considerations


    Securely Logging Data to SQL

    Designing the Workflow



    Chapter 2 Internet Information Server (IIS) Authentication and Authorization Models, and Locking Down File Access with Encrypting File System (EFS) and Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (Web DAV)


    RSA and AES

    Building the Web Application Structure


    Security in Depth

    Securing Access with WebDAV



    Chapter 3 Analyzing and Blocking Malicious Traffic Based on Geolocation


    Research and Due Diligence

    Implementing a Solution

    Integrating with TMG



    Chapter 4 Creating an Externally Accessible Authenticated Proxy in a Secure Manner


    Build It, and They Will Come


    Chapter 5 The Creation and Maintenance of Low Privileged Service Users (with a focus on SQL)


    Creating and Configuring Service User Accounts

    Real, Quantifiable Password Strength, and How to Measure It



    Chapter 6 Remote Security Log Collection in a Least Privilege Environment


    Log Fetcher Architecture

    Accessing WMI

    Show Me The Code!


    Chapter 7 Securing RDP


    General RDP Attacks and Mitigation

    RDP Solutions Overview

    Direct Access of Multiple RDP Hosts


    RDP Host Security

    RDWeb and RemoteApp

    Workstation Host Considerations

    Limiting Access with Source Port Access Rules


    Appendix A List Of Acronyms

    Appendix B Full list of Server 2008 logs via WEVTUTIL tool









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