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What does the unattended parameter beacon under NetOptionalComponents?

Hi,

if you create an unattended instalation you have an optional component named "beacon" in your unattended.txt, i.e.:

[NetOptionalComponents]
   Beacon = "1"


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Beacon
Specifies whether to install the beacon client.

Syntax Beacon = 0 | 1
Values 0
Ignores the component during unattended Setup.

1
Installs the component during unattended Setup.

Example Beacon = 1

Comments Not valid for the Microsoft® Windows® .NET Server family. The
beacon client is installed by default on Windows XP Home Edition and
Windows XP Professional.
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What is this "beacon client" thing? I googled a bit and cannot find any helpful information on it.
What side effects will I have if I disable it on my workstations?

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Michael Pfister
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venom96737Commented:
it is simply 802.11 wireless. look here http://www.infosecwriters.com/texts.php?op=display&id=145
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venom96737Commented:
By default the Access Point broadcasts the SSID every few seconds in what are known as 'Beacon Frames'. While this makes it easy for authorized users to find the correct network, it also makes it easy for unauthorized users to find the network name. This feature is what allows most wireless network detection software to find networks without having the SSID upfront.

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Michael PfisterAuthor Commented:
Hm, I've of course seen the pointers to wireless network but thought its just the same name for a different thing. XP by default is not an accesspoint at all and why install this service if there is no wireless card...? What happens if I don't install this component and someone plugs in a wireless card?


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venom96737Commented:
well you better hope it comes with a client or it will not work you will not be able to assign an ssid or enter the passcode.
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venom96737Commented:
Windows XP has a built-in client for EAP-TLS and EAP-MD5. It only works properly with Microsoft issued certificates though. This client is supposed to be released for Windows 2000 and CE.NET as well.

see
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Michael PfisterAuthor Commented:
Hi venom96737,

Not sure if you are right with wireless...

I've found another source stating beacon=0 will prevent the installation of the "Internet Gateway Device Discovery And Control Client" ... don't know if thats true will do some testing. Anyway thanks for your help...
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venom96737Commented:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;821980 ahhhh i stand corrected here you go its pnp plug and play i wouldnt disable it
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venom96737Commented:
The Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client permits Windows to detect and interact with Internet gateway devices. Internet gateway devices include routers and computers that run Internet Connection Sharing. Internet gateway devices use SSPD to broadcast their availability on the network. Using SSPD to do so permits clients to automatically locate the IGD device and use the device as their default gateway for external network access.
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venom96737Commented:
the key is The Internet Gateway Device Discovery and Control Client Is an Optional Networking Component in Windows XP Professional Service Pack 1a (SP1a) [NetOptionalComponents]
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Michael PfisterAuthor Commented:
:-) Ok, I'll take the points back ... ;-)))
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