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System Preparation

Install the required dependencies

The Moonshot SSP requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0. You can download the web installer for it at, which will download the latest versions of the required components.

Get the SSP

For now, distribution of the Moonshot SSP is being controlled whilst it is being actively developed. Access will be given to those who are a part of the Janet or GÉANT Moonshot pilots, but also potentially others if you can demonstrate a link to the research and education sector.

To get access, email Rhys Smith or Stefan Paetow, who will give you details on how to get hold of the SSP.

Install the SSP

Once you have the SSP, installation is simply a matter of execute the MSI as a user with Administrator privileges by double clicking on it.

Screenshot of SSP Installer - Welcome Page

If you are happy to accept the licence conditions, tick the box and click next. In the install options dialogue that appears, ensure the SSP is set to be installed. Core services such as CIFS will also require the Kernel SSP to be installed. You can also change the install location at this point; the default is C:\Program Files\Moonshot.

Screenshot of SSP Installer - Custom Setup

You are now ready to install the Moonshot SSP, so hit Install!

Screenshot of SSP Installer - Ready to Install

Once the SSP has been installed, you are requested to restart Windows.

Screenshot of SSP Installer - Restart the System

Since we are installing kernel level drivers, you really do need to restart the system for Moonshot to work.

Configuration options

There is very little to configure on a Windows client device. See Configure the Moonshot SSP to get an overview of all of the options available, but the "Use Domain Login Credentials" is pretty much the only option of any significance to a Windows client.

Identity Selection Options

Users will need a way of selecting an identity to use. You can either:

OR ...


Currently the only option on Windows is to use the built-in Windows Credential Manager.

Next Steps

You now have all of the necessary Moonshot GSS-EAP libraries and configuration for the application/service on your machine to use Moonshot. The next step is to install/configure that application/service as necessary.