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  • Blog Post: Gotchas, FAQs, Best Practices, and Tips for Implementing NAP in Configuration Manager (SCCM + NAP)

    My previous guest post walked you through what was happening in the background with Configuration Manager NAP when a noncompliant computer connected to the network, and was restricted and remediated for a software update. This post follows up with some gotchas, FAQs, best practices, and tips for implementing...
  • Blog Post: NPS/NAP Logging - BSU.EDU style!

    Hey NAP fans, I’m Alex Chalmers from Ball State University with a guest post about NPS logging. If you made it to one of Jeff’s TechEd IT Pro presentations , you’ll remember me discussing our NAP implementation and some of the challenges that we’ve faced along the way. Gathering accounting data across...
  • Blog Post: Debugging NAP Errors (part 1)

    I’ve heard from a lot of folks who set up NAP in a lab who would love to have more information on all the great data that Network Policy Server (NPS) writes into the audit log. If you haven’t checked out our auditing, go to Server Manager and click on the main node for our role (Network Policy and Access...
  • Blog Post: NAP FAQ: Enforcing Security Updates (out-of-the-box)

    Hey! My name is Mike Burk. I am a Program Manager on the Windows Security team. My team is responsible for the out-of-the-box NAP experience in Windows XP SP3, Vista and Server 2008. It is called the Windows Security Health Agent (client-side) and Validator (server-side). You will see it abbreviated...
  • Blog Post: NAP 802.1x Enforcement – Switches we’ve tested w/NAP

    Hi everyone! As you may have heard, we have shown a rack filled up with switches to demonstrate NAP 802.1x enforcement interoperability at RSA and Interop 2007. Apparently, there are lots of NAPPERS out there who want to know exact models of switches used in our demos. Well, your wish is...
  • Blog Post: My review of Information Week’s “Rolling Review: Microsoft NAP”

    Greetings, keepers of the NAP flame! On August 2, Information Week published an article titled “ Rolling Review: Microsoft NAP .” I would like to comment on it on behalf of the NAP product team and add technical clarity where I can. 1. Opening paragraph: “it's to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)'s credit...
  • Blog Post: NAP 802.1X Configuration Walkthrough – Part 1

    I just got back from TechEd 2008 North America (Orlando) where I presented two “breakout” sessions on NAP . It went off with a bang and most people really loved the sessions / demos. I have blogged a couple times in the past that I would document exactly how I made it all work and now I want to come...
  • 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: NAP 802.1X Configuration Walkthrough – Part 3

    This is a continuation from Part 1 and Part 2 . Step 3 – NAP Clients, it’s just too easy NAP can be configured from the command-line, the MMC (except on XP SP3) and of course Group Policy (GP). Since this is a workgroup scenario, I am going to skip GP – but the principles below are the same...
  • 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 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: What is the NAP client doing?

    Greetings, Guardians of NAPness! Here is an interesting question about NAP client behavior that was posed by a fellow NAP fan: How does a NAP client communicate a change in health state and get reevaluated and what sort of ongoing traffic is there between the NAP client and the NAP health policy...
  • Blog Post: NAP FAQ: Logging baby, logging

    A colleague of mine pointed out an AMAZING blog post on the Windows Server Customer Advisory Team (WinCAT) team blog - The Definitive Guide to NAP Logging . This is a kick butt troubleshooting post! Very useful when trying to track down what is wrong between NAP Client and Server. Much thanks Pete...
  • 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: 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: Looking to integrate your product with NAP?

    If so, you have probably already taken a look at our MSDN area , and probably even our sample code in the Platform SDK (…\ Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0\Samples\NetDs\NAP ). Well, I have some good news for you. We worked with an awesome guy by the name of Dan Griffin (JWSecure, Inc.) to build a better...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: NAP 802.1X Configuration Walkthrough – Part 2

    NAP 802.1X Configuration Walkthrough – Part 2 This is a continuation from Part 1 . Step 2 – Windows Server 2008 NPS, the heart of NAP I am going to take a slightly different approach than the 802.1X step-by-step guide . Feel free to follow either method, whatever gets it done for you! ...
  • Blog Post: How ‘bout some NAP perspective from the field

    Hello NAP Bloggers! My name is Mark Foust, a Windows Server Networking Technical Specialist working down in Tampa Florida (USA). I wanted to share a bit of my perspective on the world of { NAP } . 7 things you may not have considered about NAP : 1. NAP enforces minimum consistency levels...
  • Blog Post: NAP Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide Now Available!

    Would you like help selecting the best NAP enforcement method to accomplish your goals? Well, you’re in luck. The fine folks on the Solution Accelerators team have created guidance on just that topic! The document is entitled “ Selecting the Right NAP Architecture ”. Here is the main page which lists...