Activate Default Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies

Updated: October 16, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

This procedure describes how to activate the default Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies by using the Group Policy Management Editor (GPME).

After you activate a wireless policy for Windows Vista or Windows XP, it is removed from the list of options when you right-click Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies, and it is added in the details pane of the GPME when you select the Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies node. This state remains until the wireless policy is deleted, at which time the wireless policy returns to the menu when you right-click Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies in the GPME. Additionally, the Windows Vista and Windows XP wireless policies are only listed in the GPME details pane when the Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies node is selected.

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

  1. On your Windows Server 2008 domain controller, 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) snap-in opens.

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

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

      4. Right-click the domain-level GPO you want to manage, and then click Edit. The Group Policy Management Editor MMC opens. Proceed to step 2.

  2. In the GPME, in the left pane, double-click Computer Configuration, double-click Windows Settings, and then double-click Security Settings.

  3. In Security Settings, right-click Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies, and then click either Create a new Windows Vista Policy or Create a new Windows XP Policy. The properties dialog box for the policy you selected opens.

  4. Click OK. The default New Vista Wireless Network Policy is activated and listed in the details pane of the GPME.

To access the properties of a policy you have already created, select Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies. In the details pane, right-click either the Windows Vista or Windows XP policy that you want to modify, and then click Properties.

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