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Creating the Secure Managed Desktop: Using Group Policy, SoftGrid, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, and Other Management Tools by Jeremy Moskowitz

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Chapter 9. Network Access Protection with Group Policy

Group Policy has a lot of responsibility on your network. Sure, it's got its touchy-feely side, like setting the desktop background and delivering applications' settings. But it's also got a kicking-butt side, too. And that's the side we want to show you here.

In this chapter, I'll cover just one topic but a very hot one: how to ensure that only healthy, validated machines make it onto your production network.

Without knowing the "health status" of your machines, you're just letting any machine join your network, regardless of what's running on them; and that's clearly unhealthy.

By using a new Windows Server 2008 technology, called Network Access Protection, in conjunction with Group Policy ...

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