One of the cool new features in Windows Server 2008 (which is currently available in beta) is Network Access Protection. This feature allows network admins to set up comprehensive network controls to allow access only to the proper computers and users, and based on a set of “health” criteria determined by the admin. For example, let’s say you want to require antivirus software to be up to date and patches installed before allowing a VPN connection to the LAN. NAP lets you do that. Wireless and wired networks can be significantly enhanced for local and remote access. It’s the next wave of access management and control, and any IT network admin needs to get familiar. This is leaps and bounds above the “NAP-lite” capabilities from Server 2003.
This podcast interview with Jeff Sigman covers the subject well, and gives you a quick preview into what the capabilities are. Listen, download the beta, and give it a try.
RunAs Radio Show #13 | 7/4/2007 (34 minutes)
Jeff Sigman Gives Us Network Access Protection
The final installment of interviews from Microsoft Tech Ed US 2007 in Orlando, Richard and Greg talk to Jeff Sigman, the Release Manager for Network Access Protection (NAP). Jeff digs into exactly what NAP is all about, how it interact with Windows Server 2008, Vista and Windows XP.
As always, we welcome your input and ideas for the show – Just email [email protected] and let us know what’s on your mind! We might even read your email on the air, and we are always interested to know what you would like to hear more about as we book our guests.
[tags]network access protection, podcast, jeff sigman, windows server 2008[/tags]