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  • Blog Post: NPS templates in Windows Server 2008 R2

    NPS templates, the flagship feature of NPS in Windows Server 2008 R2, provides a huge reduction in cost of ownership and deployment for all NPS environments. NPS templates separate common RADIUS configuration elements such as RADIUS shared secrets and RADIUS clients from the configuration running on...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Changes to the NAP user experience in Windows 7

    Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are now available as public betas. In Windows 7, the NAP client user interface (UI) has been integrated into the Windows Action Center (previously known as the Windows Security Center). For example, Network Access Protection notifications appear in the list of messages...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • Blog Post: Example of using the new NPS templates feature in Windows Server 2008 R2

    In a previous NAP blog entry , we described the new NPS templates feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. In this blog entry, we show an example of using a template for a RADIUS shared secret. Templates for RADIUS shared secrets allow users to specify a shared secret that can be reused when configuring...
  • Blog Post: Windows Security Health Agent (WSHA) and Windows Security Health Validator (WSHV) - Update

    We have had several questions lately about the WSHA/WSHV so we figured it was time to provide an update to what we previously posted last year. The WSHA is the SHA delivered with Windows Vista and Windows XP SP3. The WSHV is the SHV delivered with Windows Server 2008. They provide the ability to make...
  • Blog Post: WinCAT blog post on NAP and 802.1X Enforcement

    Check out the Windows Server Customer Advisory Team (WinCAT) post Network Access Protection Using 802.1x VLAN’s or Port ACLs – Which is right for you? Our very own Pat Fetty, whom many of you have seen presenting NAP talks at industry conferences, discusses the two ways that you can configure IEEE...
  • Blog Post: 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! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd314175.aspx The NAP Deployment Guide provides detailed guidance for deploying a specific NAP...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The "RADIUS client is NAP-capable" check box

    When you create a new RADIUS client or modify the settings of an existing RADIUS client from the RADIUS Clients node of the Network Policy Server snap-in, there is a RADIUS client is NAP-capable check box. Here is an example. What is this check box all about? As I state in the Windows Server...