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Interactive logon: Require smart card

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

Interactive logon: Require smart card


This security setting requires users to log on to a computer using a smart card.

The options are:

  • Enabled. Users can only log on to the computer using a smart card.

  • Disabled. Users can log on to the computer using any method.

Default: Disabled.

Configuring this security setting

You can configure this security setting by opening the appropriate policy and expanding the console tree as such: Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\

For specific instructions about how to configure security policy settings, see Edit security settings on a Group Policy object.


  • This setting will apply to any computers running Windows 2000 through changes in the registry, but the security setting is not viewable through the Security Configuration Manager tool set.

For more information, see:

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