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Activate Default Wired or Wireless Network Policies

Updated: March 29, 2012

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

Use this procedure to activate default Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies or Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies by using the Group Policy Management Editor (GPME).

You do not need to follow this procedure for wired or wireless network policies that are already activated.

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After you activate a wired or wireless policy, it is only accessible in the details pane of the GPME when you select the corresponding wired or wireless policy node. This state remains until the wired or wireless policy is deleted, at which time it returns to its inactive state.

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

To activate default wired or wireless network policies

  1. On your domain controller running Windows Server 2008, do one of the following:

    • If Group Policy Management Editor is already open, proceed to step 2.

    • If GPME is not already open, do the following:

      1. Click Start , point to Administrative Tools , and then click Group Policy Management . The Group Policy Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC) opens.

      2. In the left pane, double-click your forest. For example, double-click Forest: example.com .

      3. In the left pane, double-click Domains , and then double-click the domain that contains the Group Policy object (GPO) you want to manage. For example, double-click example.com .

      4. Right-click the domain-level GPO you want to manage, and then click Edit . Group Policy Management Editor opens.

  2. In Group Policy Management Editor, in the left pane, double-click Computer Configuration , double-click Windows Settings , and then double-click Security Settings .

  3. In Security Settings , right-click either Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies or Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies , and then click the appropriate option from the following list:

    • For Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies, click Create a New Wired Network Policy for Windows Vista and Later Releases .

    • For Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies for computers running Windows® 7 and Windows Vista®, click Create a New Wireless Network Policy for Windows Vista and Later Releases .

    • For Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies for computers running Windows XP, click Create a new XP Wireless Policy .

  4. The Properties dialog box for the policy you selected opens. Click OK . The default policy you selected is activated and listed in the details pane of Group Policy Management Editor.

To access the properties of a policy, in the details pane, right-click the policy that you want, and then click Properties .

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