Enabling NTLMv2 on Windows Server 2003 Computers

Please note: These instructions are based on a computer running the latest service pack, Windows 2003 Service Pack 1. This software can be downloaded directly from Microsoft's Website.

Please note: Alternate access methods include, select the "Start Menu", then "Administrative Tools", and then "Local Security Policy"; or by selecting the "Start Menu", then "Control Panel", then "Administrative Tools", and then "Local Security Policy".

  1. Select the "Start Menu", then "All Programs", "Administrative Tools", and then "Local Security Policy".

  2. In the left hand window, drill down to "Security Settings\\Local Policies\\Security Options". In the right hand window, double-click the "Network security: LAN Manager authentication level" setting.

  3. You will be presented with a dialog box, choose the "Send NTLMv2 response only\\refuse LM and NTLM" option, then click the "Apply" button.

  4. You will be presented with another dialog box, confirming the change you are about to make, then click the "Yes" button.

  5. In the right hand window, the "Network security: LAN Manager authentication level" setting should reflect the new setting change.

  6. Please restart your computer.

Please Note: By following the instructions in these guides, you will be changing your Windows clients to only use NTLMv2 authentication and refuse everything else. In changing to this highest level of security, you may have difficulty connecting to other Windows machines that have not had the equivalent change made. If you regularly connect to other Windows systems you should either follow the instructions to enable NTLMv2 on them too (where possible) or, alternatively, experiment with a lower setting of the LAN Manager Authentication Level. Due to the insecurity of the LM hash in particular, IMSS strongly recommends enabling NTLMv2 on each of your Windows machines or, failing that, choosing the highest LAN Manager Authentication level possible.