Windows Authentication Technical Overview

Applies to: Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016

This topic for the IT professional 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.

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What is not covered

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