Windows Logon and Authentication Technical Overview

Updated: April 11, 2013

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

This topic provides links to topics for the Windows Authentication Technical Overview. Windows authentication is the process to prove the authenticity of a user or service attempting to access Windows.

This collection of topics describes Windows authentication architecture and its components.

What is not covered

This collection of topics does not cover procedures for designing, implementing, or monitoring your authentication technologies within a Windows environment.