IT Dojo: Five services you can turn off in Windows Server 2003

April 29, 2008, 12:26 AM PST | Length: 3:43

Disabling unnecessary Windows Server 2003 services can strengthen your server security. Unfortunately, there are over 100 services to consider. In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you how to disable Windows Server 2003 services and discusses the following five services that you may want to turn off:

1 .ERSvc - Error Reporting Service
2. HidServ - Human Interface Device Access
3. IsmServ - Intersite Messaging
4. ScardSvr - Smart Card Access
5. LMHosts - TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

The five services Bill mentions in this video are just the beginning. You can download our complete list of Windows Server 2003 services that can be disabled from the IT Dojo blog. This download contains a complete list of Windows Server 2003 services that can be disabled. The reference sheet lists each service, describes its function, specifies whether you can safely disable the service, and outlines the ramifications of doing so. The spreadsheet also lists each service's default configuration for specific server roles--domain controller, DHCP server, File server, mail server, and so forth.