deploying wireless profile to XP for 802.1X....

Posted on 2011-09-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-09
I was wondering what options there are out there for the 802.1X wireless network I have so that I can enter things like the certificate and SSID, etc. The ones I've seen have been:

GPO - couldn't get it to work with XP and install the profile so it did not connect with out work
Wireless Network setup wizard in XP to flash drive and then deploy with login script (this one seems okay but I haven't tested it out yet)

Does anyone have any other options for XP computers if you're trying to deploy it to a bunch of laptops?
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Tony Massa earned 500 total points
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GPO does work with a PEAP client profiles.  You will just need to find out what the hang-up is.  We deployed a wireless GPO to hundreds and ran into all kinds of problems from the Dell Wireless utility managing the wireless connections (must be managed by windows, obviously), the wireless devices and IAS server had to be tweaked for days until we figured it out...but it is possible.

Here's a sample config
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by:Craig Beck
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GPO is the easiest way to do it - as tmassa99 said, turn off any 3rd party Wireless Management applications though.

I have done this for over 5000 clients across multiple sites and have never had any problems with the GPO applying.
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export profile to flash drive - very easy and effective ...
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Okay, I'll give the GPO a shot again and see if I can tweak that so it works properly. I did try the flash drive but some of the settings didn't make it across for some reason so it didn't really save me having to pop open the profile and then adjust it so it would work.

Thanks for the help guys. I'll let you know how it goes....

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Okay, we have a 2008 domain so it's a little different but most of the instructions are the same. However, I have made a new 'XP policy' in Group Policy Management', then I changed the settings to use the certificate and 802.1X. I also have another policy that pushes out the server certificate.

I went into the mmc for certs and I can see the server certificate, but the policy to put the wireless network on the machine has not made it to the client. I have run a gpupdate /force but it still wont' get there. Dell utility is disabled and not starting up, Windows zero config is starting up and I even plugged the computer in with wired just in case....but I still can't get those settings. I'm using a domain login and everyting...

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Okay, I ran 'gpresult' from the laptop and I can see:

"The following GPO's were not applied because they were filtered out - Wireless Policy"

Is that due to another GPO at a higher level that is filtering that out?
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by:Tony Massa
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No, it means that the policy is no linked to the COMPUTER objects in AD.  

If your users and computers are in different OUs, then you should apply it to the computer container.  In the scope for the Wireless policy, make sure you have "Domain Comuputers", or "Authenticated Users", or if you're testing on the one computer, then put the computer object in the policy filter.
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by:Tony Massa
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Where did you link the GPO, and where is the computer object in AD?

Also, it could be filtered if you have a "Block Inheritance" somewhere (which you shouldn't use).  If you are; however, make sure you use the "Enforced" option on the Wireless policy.

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yeah, I figured that out with a bit more testing. :)

I applied it on the computer one and that fixed it up. Thanks for all the insight.

Now the 802.1X network was applied and it connected right away. I guess I would have to have the computer plugged in to start with to get the policy but after that it will work.

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