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    Network Access Protection step-by-step guides


     

    NAP schemeFew days ago I was in the process of writing an article for Croatian computer magazine Mreza (Network). The theme was Network Access Protection (NAP). NAP is a policy enforcement platform built into Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 that allows you to better protect network assets by enforcing compliance with system health requirements. With NAP, you can create customized health requirement policies to validate computer health before allowing access or communication, automatically update compliant computers to ensure ongoing compliance, and optionally confine non compliant computers to a restricted network until they become compliant.

    So, I had to make test lab to create some screen shots. After some research, I have found great step-by-step guides to create virtual network protected by NAP. These guides are written by Microsoft, and are the best way to start learning about Network Access Protection. I my test lab, I used the simplest method, DHCP enforcement, but there are also step-by-step guides for NAP VPN enforcement, NAP 802.1X enforcement and NAP IPsec enforcement.

    Also, check out Network Access Protection product page and Network Access Team blog for more information.

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