Windows Network Policy Server from the Cloud

Is there an option to have a Windows® Network Policy Server (NPS) from the cloud? The short answer is yes, but the solution isn’t from Microsoft®, nor is it specifically for Windows. This solution is a next-generation cloud RADIUS offering that’s giving IT organizations an easy option to implement RADIUS services in cross-platform system environments. Let’s explore the concept of Windows NPS from the cloud.

What is Windows NPS?

Windows NPS has historically been Microsoft’s RADIUS server proxy offering to enable authentication through network infrastructure equipment such as WiFi access points, VPNs, switches, network gear, and more. For IT admins that run on-prem Windows-based networks, NPS can be quite useful.

NPS seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Active Directory®, enabling IT admins to leverage one set of credentials for users to access networks or infrastructure gear. Since Active Directory (AD) is such a mainstay among IT admins, it makes sense to use a network authentication solution designed to specifically integrate with AD in traditional environments.

The Rise of the Cloud

The challenge for IT admins is that as IT networks shift to the cloud, an on-prem identity and access management (IAM) infrastructure based around AD struggles with connecting users to cloud-based resources. AD simply wasn’t designed with the cloud in mind, so using it to manage cloud resources requires a significant amount of add-on solutions, not to mention a lot of work for admins.

The other issue many IT admins face is that they are searching for solutions to off-load said work and effort of managing their infrastructure. Yet, a legacy directory services solution like AD only further entrenches the organization on-prem. This search for ‘as-a-service’ solutions are ultimately driving admins away from using AD and NPS to manage their network access.

Windows Network Policy Server from the Cloud

The good news is that there is a Windows Network Policy Server alternative from the cloud that solves a number of issues surrounding an on-prem RADIUS infrastructure. This RADIUS-as-a-Service allows IT admins all of the benefits of using NPS or another on-prem RADIUS server, and alleviates (Read more...)

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Zach DeMeyer

Zach DeMeyer

Zach is a writer and researcher for JumpCloud with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He loves being on the cutting edge of new technology, and when he's not working, he enjoys all things outdoors, making music, and soccer.

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