Network Access Protection in Windows® XP
Know more about Network Access Protection in general and in Windows XP.
Network Access Protection or NAP integrates a set of operating system components which provides a secure private network. It gives a platform for protected access to private networks. Network Access Protection allows the network administrators to define granular levels of network access. We can monitor the health of PCs which are connected to a network or are communicating with the network. It is a networking technology developed by Microsoft. It was first introduced on Windows Server 2008. Network Access Protection offers infrastructure component and application programming interface (API) which help to view computer’s health and enforces various types of network access. Remediation servers, NAP clients, NAP health policy servers, and NAP enforcement points are the components of NAP infrastructure. Remediation servers consist of servers, services and resources for restricted network access for noncompliant computers. NAP health policy servers offer system health validators to validate the NAP client’s health state. NAP clients maintain the system health for specific type of network communication. Windows Network Access Protection offers several features such as flexible access control option, policy enforcement, comprehensive access control etc.
Some of the features of network access protection and the clients for Windows XP network access protection are given below:
- Developer Audience
- Client for Windows XP
Network Access Protection or NAP is designed to be extensible. NAP can work with any software that provides SHVs and SHAs. Using Network Access Protection, we can check the status and health of roaming laptops. NAP verifies the health of our desktop computers. Another feature of Network Access Protection is that it will verify the health and compliances of both computers of remote offices and unmanaged home computers.
Network Access Protection API is designed for both C and C++ developers. Programmers become familiar with networking protocols and technologies with the NAP enforcement methods. The networking protocols and technologies are Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, IEEE 802.1X standards for wired and wireless access, Remote Dial-in User service and Internet Protocol security. NAP is easy to integrate. It work with existing Windows-based infrastructure such as SMS, ISA and Windows Update Service.
Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP provides support for both wired and wireless connections. It also supports the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Host Platform – “EAPHost.” Moreover, the Windows Security Health Agent (WSHA) is included with the Network Access Protection (NAP) client Network Access Protection Client for Windows XP.
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