New blog for the Windows Server User Assistance Networking writing team

There is a new blog being published by the Windows Server User Assistance Networking (WSUAN) writing team: The IT Pro and Developer writers on the WSUAN writing team are using this blog to describe the improvements that they are making to networking documentation for Windows Server and to share technical tips and tricks. Check…


Network Access Protection Design Guide wins big at Society of Technical Communication (STC) awards!

Greg Lindsay (writer) and Allyson Adley (editor) won the Online Best of Show award for the NAP Design Guide at the Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) awards ceremony on January 29th. Congratulations Greg and Allyson for the fantastic technical documentation on NAP!   NAP Product Team  


What other networking experts have written about NAP

Greg Lindsay, our NAP product documentation writer, and I are not the only ones writing about NAP. NAP is also being described by Thomas Shinder and Brien M. Posey. Check out the following content by these industry experts. Thomas Shinder’s articles on deploying NAP IPsec Part 1: Part 2: Part 3: Part…


Network Access Protection Troubleshooting Guide is live!

Hey citizens of New NAP City! The Network Access Protection Troubleshooting Guide, authored by our very own technical writer and NAP Forum hero Greg Lindsay, is now live! This completes the product documentation set for NAP in Windows Server 2008. The NAP Troubleshooting Guide provides provides task-oriented information to help you identify and resolve…


Resources for using certificates with NPS and NAP

An interesting but also somewhat complicated element of deploying a network access method with or without a NAP health evaluation is the use of digital certificates. Digital certificates can be used to provide strong authentication for remote access VPN connections, IEEE 802.1X-authenticated wired and wireless connections, and IPsec-protected traffic. Additionally, the following NAP enforcement methods…


Network Access Protection Deployment Guide is live!

Greetings NAP fans! The Network Access Protection Deployment Guide, authored by our very own technical writer and NAP Forum hero Greg Lindsay, is now live!   The NAP Deployment Guide provides detailed guidance for deploying a specific NAP design that has been determined through your use of the Network Access Protection Design Guide. The NAP Deployment…


NAP in Microsoft Learning Certification courseware

In a previous NAP blog entry, I listed NAP training solutions from Microsoft. Here is a list of Microsoft Learning certification courses that contain NAP content: ·         Course 6435A: Designing a Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure ·         Course 6431A: Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Servers ·         Course 6421A: Configuring and Troubleshooting a…


"How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection" TechNet WebCast now available

The “How Microsoft does IT: Managing Network Access Protection” TechNet WebCast, recorded on Tuesday, November 11 by Brent Scallan, Senior Systems Engineer with Microsoft IT, and Pat Fetty, Principal Program Manager with the Windows Customer Advisory Team, is now available at: To view it, you will need to use your Windows Live ID. I strongly recommend…


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…


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:…