Would it be interesting to use NAP to secure branch servers?

My focus today is to write most of the content for my sessions on our upcoming TechNet Server Launch tour which is visiting cinemas in five cities across the UK in April and May. I’m co-presenting a session with Viral titled “How to overcome the challenges of small offices and branch offices” and can’t help…

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I'm a developer, how can I integrate my application with NAP?

There’s a great article on MSDN titled simply Network Access Protection which explains how you can integrate your application with Microsoft’s Network Access Protection(NAP). Why would you want to do this? Well NAP is a core networking feature of Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista and Windows XP Service Pack 3. IF you integrate your application then…

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How do CISCO's Network Admission Control (NAC) and Microsoft's Network Access Protection work together?

In my experience any serious conversation with a medium or large enterprise regarding NAP often quickly turns to “can I use CISCO’s NAC with Microsoft’s NAP” shortly followed by “how does CISCO’s NAC work with Microsoft’s NAP?”. Having said that both technologies can be used by smaller enterprises too. It’s important to be aware that…

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How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of IPSec clients

The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP IPSec Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of clients accessing the network using IPSec to identify themselves. This is my favourite way to secure network access as IPSec on it’s own is incredibly powerful. It…

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How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of CISCO's Network Admission Control clients

The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP 802.1X Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of clients accessing the network by network switches capable of port based authentication including many enterprise wireless access points and CISCO’s Network Admission Control. If you haven’t come…

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How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of VPN clients

The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP VPN Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients. If you haven’t come across Network Access Protection then I recommend reading my earlier post Where can I find out more about Network…

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How to set up Network Access Protection to measure compliance of DHCP clients

The Step-by-Step Guide: Demonstrate NAP DHCP Enforcement in a Test Lab explains exactly how to set NAP up in a lab to measure compliance (and optionally restrict network access) of DHCP clients. It’s well worth a look. If you haven’t come across Network Access Protection then I recommend reading my earlier post Where can I find…

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Where can I find out more about Network Access Protection?

The best place to start is the Network Access Protection (NAP) “landing page” on the Microsoft website. NAP is a great new feature of Windows Server, Windows Vista and Windows XP Service Pack 3(due soon) which enables you to measure the policy compliance of client machines and determine which resources they can access based on…

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