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Active Directory Forest STIG Ver 2, Rel 8 Checklist Details (Checklist Revisions)

Supporting Resources:


Target CPE Name
Microsoft Active Directory cpe:/a:microsoft:active_directory (View CVEs)

Checklist Highlights

Checklist Name:
Active Directory Forest STIG
Checklist ID:
Ver 2, Rel 8
Review Status:
Governmental Authority: Defense Information Systems Agency
Original Publication Date:

Checklist Summary:

The Active Directory (AD) Forest Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) is published as a tool to improve the security of Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. The AD Forest STIG provides further guidance for secure configuration of Microsoft's AD implementation. The importance of AD to an organization is linked inherently to the importance of the Windows servers used by that organization. This is obvious once it is understood that AD is virtually inseparable from a current Windows implementation for more than a few users. AD provides a distributed repository for identification and authentication data. As such, AD is critical to enabling and securing shared resources such as, files, printers, websites and database servers that involve information above the public confidentiality level. This document is meant for use in conjunction with other applicable STIGs including such topics as, Active Directory Domain, Windows Domain Controllers, and Domain Name Service (DNS).

Checklist Role:

  • Active Directory Server

Known Issues:

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Target Audience:

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Target Operational Environment:

  • Managed
  • Specialized Security-Limited Functionality (SSLF)

Testing Information:

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Regulatory Compliance:

DoD Instruction (DoDI) 8500.01


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Product Support:

It should be noted that FSO Support for the STIGs, Checklists, and Tools is only available to DOD Customers.

Point of Contact:


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Change History:

moved to FINAL - 6/7/2016
Updated to Ver 2, Rel 7 - 01/27/2017
Updated to FINAL - 03/13/2017
Updated URL to reflect change to the DISA website - http --> https
updated to Ver 2, Rel 8- 7/24/18
Updated to FINAL - 8/27/18
Updated URLs - 6/4/19


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NIST checklist record last modified on 06/04/2019