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NAP Health Requirement Servers

Updated: February 29, 2012

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista

A health requirement server is a computer that provides health policy requirements and health evaluation information to one or more SHVs. If the health status reported by NAP client computers can be validated by NPS without consulting another device, then a health requirement server is not required. For example, WSUS is not considered a health requirement server when used with WSHV. Even though an administrator can use WSUS to specify which updates client computers must have, it is the client computer that reports whether it has installed these updates. In this scenario, WSUS is a remediation server, not a health requirement server.

A health requirement server is used if you deploy NAP with the Configuration Manager SHV. The Configuration Manager SHV contacts a global catalog server to validate the client’s health state by checking the health state reference that is published to AD DS. Therefore, a domain controller is a health requirement server if you have deployed the Configuration Manager SHV. Other SHVs might also use health requirement servers.

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