System Health Agents (SHAs) and System Health Validators (SHVs) that are available from NAP partners

In my previous blog post, System Health Agents (SHAs) that are available from Microsoft, I described the SHAs (and their corresponding system health validators [SHVs]) that you can use with Windows Security Center in Windows Vista and Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and Microsoft Forefront Client Security (FCS)….


Selecting PEAP-TLS and other PEAP methods in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 support the Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) and the Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol version 2 (MS-CHAP v2) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) authentication methods for PEAP. PEAP can be used in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 for remote access VPN connections, 802.1X-authenticated wired connections, and for wireless…


My review of Information Week’s “Rolling Review: Microsoft NAP”

Greetings, keepers of the NAP flame! On August 2, Information Week published an article titled “Rolling Review: Microsoft NAP.” I would like to comment on it on behalf of the NAP product team and add technical clarity where I can. 1. Opening paragraph: “it’s to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s credit that early on the company moved…


Spotlight on NAP Partners: Napera Networks

This is the first in a series of NAP blog entries to shine a light on the efforts of our NAP partners to develop and deliver integrated products and solutions for the NAP platform.   In this entry, Margaret Dawson, Vice President of Marketing for Napera Networks and former Group Product Manager with the Microsoft…


Microsoft leads the pack in Forrester WAVE report on network access control technologies

Hey NAP fans! The Network Access Protection (NAP) product team is proud to announce the publication of a new Forrester WAVE report on Network Access Control for the third quarter of 2008, which places Microsoft’s NAP as the leader of the top four network access control (NAC) vendors! From the report’s abstract: In Forrester’s 73-criteria…


Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Management Packs for NAP

Hello NAP fans!  If you are using Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, you can download and install the following management packs to help monitor your NAP infrastructure: ·         Network Policy Server Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 ·         Windows 2008 DHCP Service Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Network Policy Server Management Pack Network Policy…


General NAP policy design considerations

Greetings, citizens of NAPville! Here is some information to take into account when designing your policies for NAP, adapted from a section in the upcoming Network Access Protection Design Guide and written by our own Greg Lindsay: Consider the following rules when configuring connection request policies and network policies in the Network Policy Server (NPS)…


Network policy design when using multiple system health validators

Here is a section from the upcoming Network Access Protection Design Guide on how to design network policies when you use multiple system health validators (SHVs), written by our own Greg Lindsay: If you have deployed multiple SHVs, you can configure network policies to match clients that are compliant with some but not all health…


New case study for Blue Ridge Networks published

Salutations, fellow NAP fans! Check out this new case study for Blue Ridge Networks that was published today. This case study describes how Blue Ridge Neworks, a NAP partner, used Solution Accelerators to integrate NAP, Microsoft Forefront Client Security, and their EdgeGuard product. The study details the situation, the solution, and the benefits of the…


What is the NAP client doing?

Greetings, Guardians of NAPness! Here is an interesting question about NAP client behavior that was posed by a fellow NAP fan: How does a NAP client communicate a change in health state and get reevaluated and what sort of ongoing traffic is there between the NAP client and the NAP health policy server? If you have…