About Authentication

The following sections provide information about authentication.

Section Description
Credentials Management
How to obtain and manage credential information such as user names and passwords.
LSA Authentication
How to authenticate and log users on to the local system and how to create and call authentication packages and security packages.
Network Provider API
How to interact with other types of networks.
Smart Card Authentication
Describes the smart card authentication architecture.
How an application can use various security models available on a computer or network without changing the interface to the security system.
Winlogon and Credential Providers
How to customize Winlogon behavior by implementing and registering a Credential Provider.