Configure Local Security Policy on Windows Server Core

Setting the account policy and local security on a Windows Server  Core system, you must first create a security template on a full Windows Server  installation and subsequently apply these settings to the Windows Server Core system:

On the reference server (ie Windows Server full installation)

  1. From the Start menu, enter secpol.msc in the Start Search box and hit Enter to launch the Local Security Policy snap-in on another system.
  2. Configure the security policies according to your needs,  then right-click the Security Settings and click Export policy to save this as a security template.

On the Server Core server

  1. Copy the newly created security template from the reference server to the Server Core system.
  2. Run the below command to apply the security policy to the server Core system:
    secedit /configure /cfg <Policy File Name> /db secedit.sdb

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