IP Security Features: Intel Ethernet Server Adapters and Microsoft Windows Server 2008

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Executive Summary

IPsec, as provided in Microsoft Windows Server 2008, is the long-term direction for secure networking. It provides aggressive protection against private network and Internet attacks through policy-driven, end-to-end security. The only computers that must know about IPsec protection are the sender and receiver in the communication. IPsec provides the ability to protect communication between workgroups, local area network computers, domain clients and servers, branch offices (which might be physically remote), extranets, and roving clients. IP sec also provides data encryption for DirectAccess, which will be introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and will provide simplified remote connectivity.

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