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Deploying IPSec

Updated: March 28, 2003

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

Internet Protocol security (IPSec) in the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 operating system protects networks from active and passive attacks by securing IP packets through the use of packet filtering, cryptography, and the enforcement of trusted communication. IPSec is useful in host-to-host, virtual private network (VPN), site-to-site (also known as gateway-to-gateway or router-to-router), and secure server scenarios, and can be managed by using Group Policy or scripted by using command-line tools.

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  • For information about Windows Server 2003 IPSec, see the see the Networking Collection of the Windows Server 2003 Technical Reference (or see the Networking Collection on the Web at

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