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Wireless Configuration (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: WZCSVC

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Wireless Configuration service enables automatic configuration for IEEE 802.11 wireless adapters for wireless communications.

Microsoft partnered with 802.11 network adapter vendors to improve the wireless roaming experience on Windows by automating the process of configuring the network adapter to associate with an available network.

The wireless network adapter and its Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS) driver need to do very little beyond supporting a few new NDIS Object Identifiers (OIDs) used for the querying and setting of device and driver behavior. The network adapter scans for available networks and passes those to a computer running Windows Server 2003. The wireless configuration service takes care of configuring the network adapter with an available network. In the case in which there are two networks covering the same area, the user can configure a preferred network order and the computer will try each network in order until it finds an active one. It is also possible to limit association to only the configured, preferred networks.

If this service is stopped or disabled, automatic wireless configuration is unavailable.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Automatic on Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition.

Manual on Web Edition

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

NDIS Usermode I/O Protocol

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:

None

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