"How Windows Update Client and NAP Client View Important Updates" post

In a previous blog entry, I talked about the very cool blog written by the Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team in Customer Service and Support (CSS). Louis Hardy, a Senior Support Escalation Engineer and member of a virtual team of CSS engineers that specialize in NAP, recently published the following post in the Enterprise Networking Team blog: How…

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“How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection” TechNet WebCast on Tuesday

Heads up, NAP-meisters! On Tuesday, November 11, at 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada), our very own Brent Scallan, Senior Systems Engineer with Microsoft IT, and Pat Fetty, Principal Program Manager with the Windows Customer Advisory Team, will present the TechNet WebCast titled “How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection.” Both of these…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Released

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right Microsoft technologies for your needs. The MAP Toolkit 3.2 has been released and is available here. It includes a new feature to perform readiness assessment for a…

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Network Policy Server (NPS) Technical Reference published!

Greetings NAP and NPS fans! The Network Policy Server Technical Reference, authored by Senior Technical Writer Jim McIllece, is now live! This resource is a treasure trove of deep technical information about the Network Policy Server (NPS) service in Windows Server 2008, including detailed discussions of protocols, processes, and policies. Check out the following topics:…

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Forrester Wave diagram from Forrester report on the NAC marketplace published

Hey NAPolytes! On September 23, I posted an entry on a new Forrester report on Network Access Control for the third quarter of 2008, which placed Microsoft’s NAP as the leader of the top four network access control (NAC) vendors. Click here for details. The Forrester Wave diagram from the report showing the vendors in…

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“Introduction to Network Access Protection” white paper Webcast updated

Hey NAP fans! Back in 2006, I had the idea of creating “white paper Webcasts,” or Webcast versions of important and popular white papers on networking technologies. I created a series of white paper Webcasts for wireless security technologies, IPv6, and of course, NAP. Things have changed somewhat since 2006, especially for NAP. Therefore, I…

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Standing room only for the NAP and Unified Secure Access presentation at McAfee’s Focus 08

On Tuesday, Dan Wolff, George Younan, and I delivered the “Microsoft and McAfee: Implementing Network Access Control in Microsoft Environments” breakout session at McAfee’s Focus 08 Security Conference. Dan Wolff is a Group Solution Marketing Manager and George Younan is a Senior Security Consultant with McAfee. The room filled up quickly and even after bringing…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.2 Beta Released

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an integrated platform with tools and guidance that make it easier for you to assess your current IT infrastructure and determine the right Microsoft technologies for your IT needs. The existing MAP Toolkit 3.1 is located here and includes desktop Windows Security Center assessment, which is instrumental…

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Network Access Protection Design Guide is live!

Hey NAP friends! The Network Access Protection Design Guide, authored by our very own technical writer and NAP Forum hero Greg Lindsay, is now live! http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=130154   The NAP Design Guide explains the advantages, disadvantages, requirements, recommendations, and design considerations for deploying NAP for the IPsec, 802.1X, VPN, and DHCP enforcement methods. The NAP Design…

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Network Access Protection Design Guide to be published on Thursday!

Hey NAP fans! Great news from the documentation front: The Network Access Protection Design Guide from our intrepid technical writer and NAP Forum hero Greg Lindsay is going to be published this Thursday, Oct 9! This is part of the suite of guides for NAP that will be available from here. The NAP Design Guide…

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