Essentially, NAP gives us the ability to delimit who can or cannot access a given network in any way by the status of the updates, antivirus, and other software components of the system the user is trying to connect with.
It was a question that up till now, was not clear as far as SBS 2008: Will we, or won't we have NAP on SBS?
This aught to clear that question up:
Network Access Protection
Now, who was paying attention when the many different Microsofties over many different "Longhorn" presentations over many different conferences over many different years, prior to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 was released, demoed NAP?!?
In our case, while the ears were definitely perked during the product explanations, demos, and some configuration demos, there is definitely lots room to learn the ins and outs of configuring NAP.
Microsoft Press has a book on the topic too: Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP).
NAP will be very high on the To Do list for configuring and figuring out on both of our SBS 2008 test beds RPQ (Right Properly Quick).
We have a number of clients who are anticipating SBS 2008 for this fall ... so we need to be prepared as some of them are particularly conscious of any foreign system plugging into their networks.
And, we are really gearing up ourselves with internal changes in anticipation of SBS 2008 deployment in the next month or so.
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