The Short NAP is a (semi-regular) quick list of Microsoft Network Access Protection and Server/Domain Isolation related links from around the web. Here are the links for Monday the 17th of December 2007:
- The Cable Guy gives a great overview, yet in-depth look at Network Access Protection in Windows Server 2008. Via Jeff.
- Avenda releases their NAP agent for Linux in beta with support for RedHat based distributions Via Jeff.
- TechNet Edge has a screencast of Network Access Protection integration with TS Gateway.
- Here’s a great TechNet article: Windows Server 2008 in an Organization’s Defense in Depth Strategy by Jay Paloma. This covers the Network Policy Server of which NAP is a component.
- Dave Northey gets some great feedback from a customer testing NAP in Ireland.
- Premier Support customers have a Security Health Check available to help them get their processes and policies in place. Enforcing those policies is what NAP is all about.
- Ronald Beekelaar has created a Server and Domain Isolation Demo for use with Virtual PC/Server. Ian Hameroff has more details and a Windows Vista/2008 version is on the way.
- TechRepublic has a number of new articles on NAP: Introducing Network Access Protection for Windows, Configuring Network Access Protection for Windows Server 2008, Enterprise considerations for Microsoft Network Access Protection, Wireless considerations and Network Access Protection resources and Learn how Windows Vista takes a NAP. Rick Vanover takes you through quite a good bit of information on NAP. The last paragraph of the ‘Enterprise consideration’ article is surprising given that the required information is actually well known:
It is not clear what implementation configuration would be required for Windows XP clients since Service Pack 3 is not yet available; nor is it clear how a Windows XP MS-NAP client would be managed — if at all possible — from a Windows Server 2008 functionality level Active Directory domain.
- Celestix announce their Network Access Protection appliance to be available not long after the release of Windows Server 2008. This should be an appealing solution, but I’m interested in how this integrates with existing Certificate Services implementations.
- Techworld reports on the current state of Network Access Control solutions - are current solutions delivering on their promise? With broad support already, Microsoft’s NAP could help to improve the situation.
Amongst all this news, as you’re most likely aready aware, Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 Release Candidates are available which give the best indication yet of what Network Access Protection is capable of.