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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Describes the significant differences in the authentication architecture and processes.
Describes the concepts on which Windows authentication is based.
Summarizes the various logon scenarios.
Describes the significant differences in the authentication architecture and processes for Windows operating systems.
Describes the use and impact of Group Policies in the authentication process.
What is not covered
This collection of topics does not cover procedures for designing, implementing, or monitoring your authentication technologies within a Windows environment.
For design information on Windows authorization strategies, see Designing a Resource Authorization Strategy.
For design information on Windows authentication strategies, see Designing an Authentication Strategy.
For design information on Windows public key infrastructure implementation strategies, see Designing a Public Key Infrastructure.
For configuring and monitoring security, including authentication, in your Windows environment, see:
For information about auditing logon and authentication events in Windows, see Auditing Security Events.