RE: server name and IP address change

  • From: Danny <nocmonkey@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "[ExchangeList]" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 15:08:13 -0400

On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 14:40:41 -0400 (EDT), A. M. Salim
<msalim@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> Kind of on the same thread, how about renaming the "Administrator" user?
> Say you have a Exchange 2003 server that has been installed and in
> operation for a while then you realize that the "Administrator" user name
> should be changed for security reasons.  Any problems in doing that?

The effectiveness of renaming the built-in Administrator account has
been debated for many years. Part of the debate stems from the fact
that the built-in Administrator account will always have the same SID
(500), which hackers can pretty easily find out. However, in many
Microsoft security documents, they do recommend renaming it, so I
would personally recommend it. On a related note, as you may or may
not already know, the key to security is layers. So, by renaming the
administrator account, you have added another layer of protection -
the more layers the better.

Hope this helps.


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