Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit 1.0
What is the Security Compliance Toolkit (SCT)?
The Security Compliance Toolkit (SCT) is a set of tools that allows enterprise security administrators to download, analyze, test, edit, and store Microsoft-recommended security configuration baselines for Windows and other Microsoft products.
The SCT enables administrators to effectively manage their enterprise’s Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Using the toolkit, administrators can compare their current GPOs with Microsoft-recommended GPO baselines or other baselines, edit them, store them in GPO backup file format, and apply them broadly through Active Directory or individually through local policy.
The Security Compliance Toolkit consists of:
Windows 10 security baselines
- Windows 10 Version 20H2 (October 2020 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1909 (November 2019 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1809 (October 2018 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1803 (April 2018 Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update)
- Windows 10 Version 1507
Windows Server security baselines
- Windows Server 2019
- Windows Server 2016
- Windows Server 2012 R2
Microsoft Office security baseline
- Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (Sept 2019)
Microsoft Edge security baseline
- Version 88
Windows Update security baseline
- Windows 10 20H2 and below (October 2020 Update)
- Policy Analyzer tool
- Local Group Policy Object (LGPO) tool
- Set Object Security tool
- GPO to PolicyRules tool
What is the Policy Analyzer tool?
The Policy Analyzer is a utility for analyzing and comparing sets of Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Its main features include:
- Highlight when a set of Group Policies has redundant settings or internal inconsistencies
- Highlight the differences between versions or sets of Group Policies
- Compare GPOs against current local policy and local registry settings
- Export results to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet
Policy Analyzer lets you treat a set of GPOs as a single unit. This makes it easy to determine whether particular settings are duplicated across the GPOs or are set to conflicting values. Policy Analyzer also lets you capture a baseline and then compare it to a snapshot taken at a later time to identify changes anywhere across the set.
What is the Local Group Policy Object (LGPO) tool?
LGPO.exe is a command-line utility that is designed to help automate management of Local Group Policy. Using local policy gives administrators a simple way to verify the effects of Group Policy settings, and is also useful for managing non-domain-joined systems. LGPO.exe can import and apply settings from Registry Policy (Registry.pol) files, security templates, Advanced Auditing backup files, as well as from formatted “LGPO text” files. It can export local policy to a GPO backup. It can export the contents of a Registry Policy file to the “LGPO text” format that can then be edited, and can build a Registry Policy file from an LGPO text file.
What is the Set Object Security tool?
SetObjectSecurity.exe enables you to set the security descriptor for just about any type of Windows securable object (files, directories, registry keys, event logs, services, SMB shares, etc.). For file system and registry objects, you can choose whether to apply inheritance rules. You can also choose to output the security descriptor in a .reg-file-compatible representation of the security descriptor for a REG_BINARY registry value.
What is the GPO to Policy Rules tool?
Automate the conversion of GPO backups to Policy Analyzer .PolicyRules files and skip the GUI. GPO2PolicyRules is a command-line tool that is included with the Policy Analyzer download.