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How do I configure 802.1x on Windows Server?

Posted on 2010-11-30
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15

Please coukld someone direct me to a nice basic website where I can find instructions on how to create a test environment for IEEE 802.1x?

I found this nice little white paper from Microsoft but it assumes you have some knowlege and an understanding of the various components that have to be installed.

Question by:evansjam
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by:Rich Rumble
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Depends on your switch, but the rules are the same, configure your switch to use 802.1x and enable the ports with 802.1x. On the clientside 802.1x should be seemless, but it can be configured to use preshared certificates.
So what switch do you have, do you have a radius server and a AD server?

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ID: 34247521
Hello Rich,

At the moment I have a Cisco switch, an MSDN licence and a server which I can install anything onto.  Apart from that, I don't know what else to do.  Sorry if I sound a bit thick.

Best regards,
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by:Rich Rumble
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Which model of switch, some older models and some older Cat-OS software aren't capable.
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CISCO WS-C2960-24TT-L Catalyst
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Rich Rumble earned 2000 total points
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That should do it. Then configure your windows radius server: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731853.aspx
Make sure the clients have the supplicant (xp and newer typically have the 802.1x supplicant installed by default on all NIC's) The supplicant relies on the following services to be started before you can authenticate:
    * The WZCSVC service
    * The Wired AutoConfig service (DOT3SVC) (xp-sp3 clients only)

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Thanks for your help, this is great.

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