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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: NAP Client for Windows XP Q and A

    Q: What is Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP? A: Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP is just what it sounds like, it is the NAP client that Microsoft will release for Windows XP. Q: What operating systems will be supported? A: The client will work with all versions...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP SP2 – Beta 3 Release

    I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Network Access Protection (NAP) Client for Windows XP SP2 – Beta 3 (February 12 th , 2007) to all Longhorn Server Beta customers. You may download it now from MSConnect . The previous release of the NAP Client for XP SP2 was on July 12 th...
  • Blog Post: 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 NAP...
  • Blog Post: Tool for migrating IAS configuration settings to NPS is now available!

    Configuration settings for the Internet Authentication Service (IAS) in Windows Server 2003 are stored in .MDB files. Configuration settings for Network Policy Server (NPS) in Windows Server 2008 are stored in .XML files. If you install Windows Server 2008 on a computer already running Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection (NAP) announcement with the Trusted Computing Group (TCG)

    Today, we are announcing a fairly significant development in our relationship with the Trusted Network Connect (TNC) subgroup of the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) standards body. Microsoft has been a supporter of the TCG since its inception and serves on its board. In April 2005, Microsoft announced...
  • Blog Post: Is there a difference between NAP on VISTA versus XP?

    The Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP is the same “platform” as the one shipping in Windows VISTA. However, some of the ways it differentiates itself from XP are: It is built-in to the product (out-of-the-box) An administration console is available for local and Group Policy...
  • Blog Post: Video: Sneak peak of NAP on XP + 802.1x/EAP

    Hi All - The NAP Team has a surprise progress report for you today regarding NAP on XP, 802.1x and EAP that we know you will enjoy! Please check out the attached video clip and let us know your thoughts. Note: The clip is indeed silent, so there’s nothing wrong with your computer’s sound system...
  • Blog Post: Come and see a live webcast of NAP and Longhorn Server Beta 3

    Hey all you Security / AD / Networking MVPs, you want an hour with me showing off NAP? Sure you do! I will be showing Longhorn Server Beta 3 / Vista / XP all working with NAP 802.1x wired enforcement; pretty cool stuff. I want to also open it up to non-MVPs as well. Any of you cool IT Pros / System...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP (Beta 3 Update)

    I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of an updated Network Access Protection (NAP) Client for Windows XP to all Longhorn Server Beta customers. You may download it now from MSConnect . Please note this link will only work if you are currently a member of the Longhorn Server Beta program...
  • Blog Post: NAP FAQ: Are you planning on releasing NAP Clients for Mac, Linux, BeOS, etc?

    I also get asked this ALL THE TIME. :-> As of this moment, * Microsoft * has released a NAP Client in Windows Vista and will be releasing a Windows XP NAP Client in forthcoming XP Service Pack 3. No other NAP Clients are planned by Microsoft at this time. Instead, we are working directly...
  • Blog Post: Download troubles of the NAP on XP Client - UPDATE!

    Sorry about the download troubles this week. MSConnect had a bunch of ACL troubles with allowing people on the Longhorn Server Beta to access the NAP on XP download. Please send me an email if you are on the Longhorn Server Beta and are STILL having trouble downloading! http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: Windows Security Health Agent (WSHA) and Windows Security Health Validator (WSHV)

    Note: This NAP blog post was originally published in January of 2007. For a current version of this post, click here . The WSHA and WSHV are the SHA/SHV delivered with Windows Vista and Longhorn Server. A version of the WSHA will also be available with the Network Access Protection Client for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Network Access Protection (NAP) Deployment Planning

    The following blog post has been extracted from the "Network Access Protection Deployment Planning Guide", by Susie Bernard (March 2007). Introduction Whether your organization is small, medium, or large, deploying an enterprise software solution like Network Access Protection (NAP) requires...
  • Blog Post: NAP Common Question Series: Will NAP be available on XP?

    Yes, our client-side NAP platform will be available on XP. In fact, my non-Vista laptop is running it right now. :-> I can't discuss release dates and such, but know that it is coming (and already working). Jeff Sigman [MSFT] NAP Release Manager Jeff.Sigman@online.microsoft.com * http...
  • Blog Post: NAP FAQ: How much does NAP cost?

    I get asked this in email all the time. I thought it was worth a quick post: NAP Servers: The NAP Server pieces, which are required to do NAP, are included in Windows Server 2008. If you own Server 2008, you own the NAP Server. You need at least ONE Server 2008 computer to do Microsoft NAP...
  • Blog Post: NAP featured on RunAs Radio (from TechEd Orlando)

    Richard Campbell and Greg Hughes, the hosts of RunAs Radio , caught me on the show floor at TechEd Orlando. They were hot on the topic of NAP and spent 30 minutes with me discussing it. It is a great interview , take a listen and feel free to comment here! NAP the WORLD in 2007, Jeff Sigman...
  • Blog Post: NAP Beta 3 is now available!

    Great news. Longhorn Server Beta 3 has gone public. This is really great news for everyone who wants to TRY NAP NOW! Here is the ISO download location: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/beta/lhs/default.mspx I will be posting information about our updated NAP step-by-step guides as soon...
  • Blog Post: NAP Update for Vista, XP, Windows Server 2003 and Longhorn Server

    I haven't blogged in a while, so I wanted to give everyone a NAP "update". First, Windows Vista is going to rock! We are so close to the end it is palpable . It has turned out really great and I am proud to say that I have worked on it. I personally have about 4-5 years invested in it. I really hope...
  • Blog Post: XP NAP Rude Q and A

    Since I spend nearly 1/3 of my week answering (or ignoring :->) emails about the XP NAP Client, I thought it might be smart to give a very concise Q&A. Here goes: Questions Jeff’s (brilliant) Answers How do I get a copy of the BETA? While it is on MSConnect...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: NAP Longhorn Beta 3 Webcast

    I recorded an offline webcast on May 17 th 2007 in order to show off NAP in Longhorn Server Beta 3. I also wanted to make sure I made up for my failed attempt two days earlier where I experienced technical difficulties with LiveMeeting. This offline demo wasn’t without its own glitch! :-> 6 minutes...
  • Blog Post: NAP FAQ updated with XP SP3 information

    I have been getting a lot of questions about NAP on XP these days. We have updated the NAP FAQ regarding the release of the NAP Client for Windows XP. Check it out! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/nap/napfaq.mspx NAP the WORLD in 2007, Jeff Sigman NAP Release Manager Jeff.Sigman...