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Create policies for 802.1X Wired or Wireless with a Wizard

Updated: March 29, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

You can use this procedure to create the connection request policies and network policies required to deploy either 802.1X authenticating switches or 802.1X wireless access points as Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) clients to the Network Policy Server (NPS) RADIUS server.

Client computers, such as wireless portable computers and other computers running client operating systems, are not RADIUS clients. RADIUS clients are network access servers—such as wireless access points, 802.1X-capable switches, virtual private network (VPN) servers, and dial-up servers—because they use the RADIUS protocol to communicate with RADIUS servers such as Network Policy Server (NPS) servers.

This procedure explains how to start the New IEEE 802.1X Secure Wired and Wireless Connections wizard in NPS.

After you run the wizard, the following policies are created:

  • One connection request policy

  • One network policy

Running the New IEEE 802.1X Secure Wired and Wireless Connections wizard is not the only step required to deploy 802.1X authenticating switches and wireless access points as RADIUS clients to the NPS server. Both network access methods require that you deploy additional hardware and software components.

You can run the New IEEE 802.1X Secure Wired and Wireless Connections wizard every time you need to create new policies for 802.1X access.

Membership in Domain Admins , or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To create policies for 802.1X wired or wireless with a wizard

  1. Open the NPS console. If it is not already selected, click NPS (Local) . If you are running the NPS MMC snap-in and want to create policies on a remote NPS server, select the server.

  2. In Getting Started and Standard Configuration , select RADIUS server for 802.1X Wireless or Wired Connections . The text and links below the text change to reflect your selection.

  3. Click Configure 802.1X using a wizard . The New IEEE 802.1X Secure Wired and Wireless Connections wizard opens.

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