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Network Access Control: Endforce's Enterprise 2.5

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Policies can be saved and used as templates for different organizational groups within Active Directory, Windows NT user groups, RADIUS and LDAP.

The application server requires Windows 2003 and uses Microsoft SQL Server 2000 for its database. Installation is well-documented; the documentation includes sections covering specific SQL Server, IIS, Internet authentication and optional RADIUS proxy settings. Agents are installed and distributed via .msi. A helpful troubleshooting guide is included.

Endforce offers several prepackaged reports; we easily customized reports to show which hosts within our test bed were problematic.

In this still-young market, with a number of independent players and acquisitions by heavy hitters like Check Point Software Technolo- gies (Zone Labs) and Symantec (Sygate), Endforce Enterprise is a viable choice, offering widening application support and enforcement options that anticipate how the NAC/NAP/TNC scenarios will play out.

--SCOTT SIDEL

 

This was first published in May 2006

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