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Are there any guides, howtos, books, etc about installing and maintaining a publicly-accessible Windows Server 2008 (with IIS and SQL server) for programmers (that want to deploy their own apps)?

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Assuming this will be a publicly accessible server you should look specifically at Microsofts Windows Server Operations guide and their server hardening guide which will give good guidance on a secure deployment - you'll find both in Technet.

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I'm having some trouble finding them, can you post some links? –  J. Pablo Fernández Aug 20 '09 at 9:30
    
    
Or for 2008 technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc514539.aspx –  Chris W Aug 20 '09 at 12:26
    
The guide starts with "This guide provides instructions and recommendations to help strengthen the security of computers running Windows Server® 2008 that are members of an Active Directory® domain.". This is going to be only a one server, won't be part of Active Directory, or should I create an active directory only for itself? –  J. Pablo Fernández Aug 27 '09 at 6:14

There are the usual answers like Patching, Firewalls, Defense in Depth etc....

More specifically there is the Windows Server 2003 Security Guide that includes a lot of info on hardening a base win2k3 box.

There is also the Windows Server 2003 Security Compliance Management Toolkit. Not a straight forward document, but a lot of good information.

(There are equivalent documents for other Windows versions)

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