Checklist: Staging a NAP Deployment

Updated: February 29, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

This parent checklist includes cross-reference links to important concepts about staging your Network Access Protection (NAP) deployment. It also contains links to subordinate checklists that will help you complete the required tasks. Perform these tasks after you have completed lab testing of NAP.

Complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic or to a subordinate checklist, return to this topic after you review the conceptual topic or you complete the tasks in the subordinate checklist so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist.

Checklist Checklist: Staging a NAP deployment


  Task Reference

Identify and prioritize goals; decide on enforcement types; define governance policy; identify pilot sites; document deployment decisions and processes.

Conceptual topic Identifying Your NAP Deployment Goals

Conceptual topic Choose an Enforcement Method

Conceptual topic Choose a Compliance Strategy

Conceptual topic Design an Exception Management Strategy

Conceptual topic Appendix C: Documenting Your NAP Design


Implement a NAP pilot deployment using reporting mode; start with a contained site or subnet and expand until you have fully deployed NAP at the pilot site.

Checklist topic Configure Network Policy for Reporting Mode


Configure your NAP pilot deployment for deferred enforcement mode; evaluate impact.

Checklist topic Configure Network Policy for Deferred Enforcement


Configure your NAP pilot deployment for full enforcement mode.

Checklist topic Configure Network Policy for Full Enforcement


Add more system health agents (SHAs); configure NAP to first report and then later enforce compliance for these new SHAs when compliance levels are high enough to meet your goals; reevaluate your compliance strategy as necessary.

Checklist topic Checklist: Deploy SHAs and SHVs


Add sites and scale out; implement load balancing and redundancy as needed; reevaluate goals and assess benefits.

Conceptual topic NAP Capacity Planning

Conceptual topic Benefits of NAP

Conceptual topic Identifying Your NAP Deployment Goals


Add new enforcement types as required by the architecture and design; repeat the staging process.

Conceptual topic Mapping Your Deployment Goals to a NAP Design

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