Security vendors are clamoring to announce their products' compatibility with Microsoft's network access protection, a key security feature of Windows Server 2008.
Foundry Networks, McAfee, Symantec, Avenda Systems and a start-up named Napera Networks have stated that their security platforms can plug into a NAP deployment. (Compare NAC products.)
In the case of Foundry, this interoperability means that its switches can act as enforcement points for NAP admission policies. NAP clients on Windows computers send health checks; the Microsoft Network Policy Server in Server 2008 evaluates those health checks and, based on the results, instructs the Foundry switches to enforce access restrictions.
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