Activate the Default Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies

Updated: November 19, 2008

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

This procedure describes how to activate the default Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies by using the Group Policy Management Editor.

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

  1. On your domain controller running Windows Server 2008, if Group Policy Management Editor is not already open, do the following: 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 0bject. 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.

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

  6. In Security Settings, right-click Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies, and then click Create a new Windows Vista Policy. The Wired Network Policies properties dialog opens.

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

    After you activate the Wired Network Policies, it is removed from the list of options when you right-click Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies, and is added in the details pane of the Group Policy Management Editor when you select the Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies node. This state remains until the policy is deleted, at which time the GPO returns to the menu when you right-click Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies in the GMPE. The wired policies are only listed in the GPMC details pane when the Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies node is selected.

To access the properties of a GPO you have already created, select Wired Network (IEEE 802.3) Policies. In the details pane, right-click the GPO, and then click Properties.

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