Step 4: Install the listening components

Windows Server 2003's Network Access Quarantine Control (NAQC) prevents remote users from connecting to your network with machines that aren't secure.

The Remote Access Quarantine Agent service, known otherwise as rqs.exe, must be installed on the Windows Server 2003 machines accepting incoming calls using RRAS. RQS is found in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools download, which you can find on the Microsoft Web site. Once you've run the installer for the tools, select the Command Shell option from the program group on the Start menu, and run RQS_SETUP /INSTALL from that shell....

This batch file will copy the appropriate binaries to the %SystemRoot%System32RAS folder on your system and modify service and registry settings so that the listener starts automatically when the server boots up.

A bit of manual intervention is required, however, to finish the installation: you need to specify the version string for the baselining script. The listener service will match the version reported by the remote computer to the value stored on the RRAS computer to make sure the client is using the latest acceptable version of a script. This is a great way to enforce changes you make to your baseline scripts: if a user isn't using the latest version of the scripts (and therefore isn't making the latest analysis of the system based on your needs), he won't be released from the quarantine mode.

To make this change manually after you've run RQS_SETUP from the Tools download, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Rqs key.
  3. Right-click in the right pane, and select New String.
  4. Name the string AllowedValue.
  5. Then, double-click the new entry, and enter the string that refers to an acceptable version of the script.

Step-by-Step Guide to Network Access Quarantine Control

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jonathan Hassell is author of Hardening Windows (Apress LP) and is a SearchWindowsSecurity.com site expert. Hassell is a systems administrator and IT consultant residing in Raleigh, N.C., who has extensive experience in networking technologies and Internet connectivity. He runs his own Web-hosting business, Enable Hosting. His previous book, RADIUS (O'Reilly & Associates), is a guide to implementing the RADIUS authentication protocol and overall network security.

This was first published in January 2006

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