The Select Server page allows you to choose a server based on your choice on the Configuration Action page.

If the configuration action was... Then the server you select is...

Create a new security policy.

The server whose settings are the baseline settings. By default, this is the local server (the server running the Security Configuration Wizard).

Edit an existing security policy.

The server that was used as a baseline.

Apply an existing security policy.

The server to which the policy should be applied.

Roll back the last applied security policy.

The server from which you want to roll back the last applied policy.

If you are creating a new security policy, the local computer is selected by default. If you are editing an existing policy, the server that was used when the policy was most recently edited is selected by default.

The Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) helps you create a security policy based on the installed roles for the selected server. To do so, SCW checks the selected server for installed roles to determine how to configure services and ports in the security policy. If you are applying a security policy, it will be applied to the selected server.

If you have multiple servers that are configured in a similar way, you can create one security policy and apply it to each server. Select one server to use as a configuration baseline, use that server to create the security policy, and then apply that policy to each of the other servers. For example, if your organization has multiple file servers, you can create one security policy for file servers by choosing one representative file server, creating the policy, and then applying the policy to each file server.

SCW does not change the configuration of the selected server until you apply the security policy. Also, the security policy is not saved until SCW is finished. If you cancel SCW before you save the policy, the settings are not saved.

You must be a member of the local Administrators group on the selected server to apply a security policy.