Cisco Network Admission Control and Microsoft Network Access Protection Interoperability Architecture

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By Cisco Systems and Microsoft Corporation

Cisco Systems, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation have developed an interoperability architecture that allows customers to deploy both the Network Admission Control (NAC) platform available from Cisco and the Network Access Protection (NAP) platform developed for Microsoft Windows Vista© and Windows Server. The result is a set of components that interoperate, allowing customers to enforce health requirements for network access using a combination of components from Cisco and Microsoft. This white paper describes the set of characteristics that will support the interoperability architecture and how the interoperability architecture works. This paper was written in 2006 and thus much progress has been made in Cisco NAC/Microsoft NAP interoperability since its publication. Yet it still offers an excellent framework which will prepare architects for a major update during 2008.

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