What OS’es should NAP support?

We visit many customers and partners around the world. One thing we hear consistently is “NAP client enforcement MUST BE SUPPORTED on XP”. Which OS’es would block / hinder your NAP deployments if they weren’t supported? Any nice-to-have’s (non-blocking)? Raw numbers and/or supporting facts about your deployments, to justify the need, would really help us…


Let’s get some NAP questions and comments folks!

I re-enabled “Allow Anonymous Users to Comment” on the NAP blog. I was talking to my wife this evening about how I don’t get a lot of interaction from folks on the NAP blog and she said “that’s because you have anonymous comments disabled.”  “Oh”, I said. I’d love for this to be an interactive…


Time for your NAP

I don’t remember when I first starting hearing about Network Access Protection (NAP) but I know it was over a year ago, because I used to mention it in passing when I talked to customers about Windows Server 2003 R2.  I think it was originally a feature we hoped would be in R2, but was…


XP NAP Client RTMs!!!

It’s official! The NAP Client for XP, which is included in Windows XP Service Pack 3, has officially released to manufacturing today. I am over the moon. Man, it is good to have this released!   In case you haven’t read my MANY posts on this topic, the only way to get the officially supported…


Exclusive Video! NAP + Forefront Client Security (FCS)

I recorded a video earlier today because of how excited I was to show off the latest development in the world of NAP. The NAP team has worked directly with the Solutions Accelerators team as well as the Forefront team to bring you integration between NAP and Forefront Client Security (FCS) 1.0. Once released, it…


802.1x NAP Enforcement

In my last post I committed to coming back and giving you a more information on the many enforcement options available with Network Access Protection (VPN, DHCP, IPSEC, 802.1x).   With that in mind I thought I would start with 802.1x based Network Access Protection, let’s start by looking at the actors that are involved…


NAP demystified (hopefully)

As I learned at Tech Ed 2007, Microsoft NAP still has two large misconceptions out in the world: 1.    NAP is solely based on DHCP technology – 100% FALSE 2.    Deploying NAP requires a complete “rip and replace” of your existing AD/Server infrastructure – 100% FALSE   I created the table below to demystify which options are available…


NAP 802.1X Configuration Walkthrough – Part 1

I just got back from TechEd 2008 North America (Orlando) where I presented two “breakout” sessions on NAP. It went off with a bang and most people really loved the sessions / demos. I have blogged a couple times in the past that I would document exactly how I made it all work and now…


Reminder: NAP TechNet Chat today!

This is a friendly reminder that we are hosting a NAP chat today (9/14/2006) at 2:30 P.M. Pacific time. Several of us from the engineering team will be participating as will our General Manager, Mark Ashida. It should be a great chat and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!   Paul Mayfield…


Go ahead, be a {hero}

If you can believe it, I have been working on “Longhorn” for five years – pouring my blood, sweat and tears {of joy} into this product. We are LAUNCHING Windows Server 2008 this week! Go ahead, be a {hero}.   I will be down in Los Angeles all week for the huge event and celebrations….