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Adding the Network Policy Server Service

The Network Policy and Access Services role is installed via the Add Roles Wizard. You can start the wizard from either the Server Manager or the Initial Configuration Tasks window.

1. From the Server Manager (with the Roles node selected) or the Initial Configuration Tasks window, select Add Roles. The Add Roles Wizard opens. Click Next to bypass the initial wizard page.

2. On the next wizard page, select the Network Policy and Access Services check box (see Figure 11.16) and then click Next.

Figure 11.16. Add the Network Policy and Access Services role.

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3. On the next page, you are provided an overview of the Network Policy and Access Services and additional links for more information about these services. After exploring the information, click Next.

4. On the next wizard page (the Select Role Services page), select the Network Policy Server check box. Then click Next.

5. The Confirmation page appears, detailing the role and role services (Network Policy Server) that you are about to add to the server’s configuration. Click Install.

When the installation of the role is complete, the Results page appears. Click Close to close the wizard. The Network Policy and Access Services role is added to the server. If you expand the Roles node in the Server Manager, you can select the Network Policy and Access Services role (see Figure 11.17).

Figure 11.17. Select the Network Policy and Access Services role.

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You can then view any events that have been logged related to Network Policy and Access Services. You can also view the role’s services that are running and the services that have been installed for the role. You will also find that the Network Policy Server command (for opening the Network Policy Server snap-in) has been added to the Administrative Tools menu on the Start menu.

You can administer the Network Policy Server from the Server Manager or in the MMC, using the Network Policy Server snap-in. In terms of setting health requirements for network clients, you need to configure the Network Policy Server with health validators. (A validator is basically the health policy that needs to be verified by the server when it examines the “health” of a particular network client.)

By default, the Network Policy Server provides a Windows Security Health Validator. Let’s take a look at how to configure this provided health validator.

By the Way

The Network Policy Server can also provide network protection when you work with remote access and virtual private networking. Check out Hour 17 for more about the various roles of the Network Policy Server.

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