We have a Server 2003 Active Directory Domain.
We have IBM-Lenovo Laptops and Sony Vaio Laptops in our environment.
We have recently put in a meshed Cisco Wireless network.
We would like to push all the settings for our Wireless Networks with Group policy. For the most part, we have figured out how it can be done assuming that we are using Windows Wireless Network Manager.
We are running into trouble is when there is a 3rd Party Wireless Application involved. (This is proliferated as these 3rd Party Applications are on our base images). We have attempted to compensate for this using Group Policy to force enable the option ''Use Windows to configure wireless network setting for client.'' This is having mixed results.
We have no issues with our Sony's as the use Windows to manage their wireless connection. However, some of our Lenovo Laptops are using the Lenovo Wireless Client while others are using the Intel Wireless Manager.
The Lenovo Wireless Client appears to be a GUI that leverages the Windows Wireless Manager in the background. During our preliminary testing, when the Group Policy was applied against the Lenovo Wireless Client, everything appears to operate as desired.
The Lenovo Laptops with the Intel Wireless Manager is a different animal. It appears to be a full blown application. When we apply the Group Policy against a laptop running the Intel Wireless Manager; it seems to create a conflict. The wireless appears to break when Windows tries to take control by force over the wireless network when the Intel Manager is in place. Both Windows and the Intel application seem to have some level of control over the wireless device and consequently the laptop will not connect, at all, to any of the Wireless networks through either Windows or the Intel Program.
Is there anything that we can do (short of uninstalling the 3rd Party application) to force the Windows Wireless Manager to override a 3rd Party application? Group Policy or Local Windows Registry tweaks would be acceptable.
Thanks in advance.