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Security for Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET by Michael James Bond, Ed Robinson

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Locking Down SQL Server

There are a number of configurations and best practices you can use to further secure SQL Server:

  • Restrict Access to Directories. You should ensure that SQL server is installed to a Windows NT file system (NTFS) drive. During setup, the installation directory and the database directory will be secured to allow access to the SQL Server service account and members of the Administrators group only.

  • Use a Low-Privilege Account. During installation, you can choose an account for the SQL Server service to run under. This account should be a low-privileged domain user account, with minimal rights (but including the right to run as a service). The reason for using a low-privilege account is to ensure that even if an intruder does ...

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