Entering Wireless key on 120 laptop computers

Posted on 2011-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I work in a school and have just joined 120 Windows 7 Pro  laptop computers to a Windows 2003 domain. using a wired connection. Everything went well because i used some scripts that made the process quick and accurate.

Now I need to configure each of the notebooks so that they can login to the domain via a Wireless connection. Does this mean that I will need to enter the Wireless security key 120 times. (once for each laptop) and be within range of the Wireless Access Point.

I would like to think that there is a quicker way whereby I enter the security key into one of the laptops.  After this has been done a copy of these wireless settings are saved to a USB memory stick.  I could then  login to each laptop as local administrator in my work area and copy these settings to the correct location on the hard drive of each laptop. Each laptop would then be able to login to the domain using a wireless connection.

Question by:jbarton2310
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    I had a similar issue recently. You can push out wireless settings using group policy however not with the inclusion of a PSK. I did find a method of exporting wireless profiles in Windows 7 to a file that could then be imported as you suggest but found it didn’t work well importing these settings to other machines. In the end I gave up on PSK and went to a radius solution using Server 2008 R2 NPS. Works great, no keys and reasonable to setup. Authentication is done based on computer or user account. This way round you can use group policy to setup your machines.
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    You can try backing and importing the wireless network

    Easily Backup & Import Your Wireless Network Settings in Windows 7

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