Using Network Access Protection Outside of Windows

Is it possible to support Microsoft NAP on non-Windows systems?

I recently blogged about access control differences between Windows and Linux/UNIX, and a reader wondered about whether NAP was supported outside of Windows.

Well, that’s a good question.

Let’s start off with a quick review of NAP: Basically, it’s a Microsoft technology to enforce compliance on the network. This is done by disallowing a non-compliant system access to network resources. Technology surrounding NAP is also supposed to bring that non-compliant system back into compliance (e.g., applying security patches) and then elevating that devices network privileges so some real work can get done.

It’s a great idea.

But does it work outside of Windows? If not, does that mean I can just run a Linux laptop and get around the whole scheme?

To be honest, I’m not really sure. I’ve never seen this attempted in the wild, but there are companies that appear to support it. Two examples include Avenda and UNET, at least according to the Microsoft NAP Partners page.

Do you support NAP? How has it worked for you? And if you do use it, do you use it with non-Windows systems?

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