About Authentication

The following sections provide information about authentication.


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.