SYSKEY instructions

Harden servers from NT onwards (still valid in 2012R2) using the SYSKEY application.

1. Run SYSKEY.EXE

2. Click Update

3. Choose either “Password Startup” or “Store Startup Key on Floppy Disk”

(Hyper-V G2 VMs do not support floppy disk emulation as legacy hardware has been removed.)

3a. “Password Startup”

At boot, the following message is displayed-

Three incorrect passwords attempts will force a reboot.

3b. “Store Startup Key on Floppy Disk”

Contents of the floppy disk-

At boot, the following message is displayed-

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