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Hi All,
Just looking for advice how to achieve this.
My boss needs me to configure WIfi connections for all laptops on a remote site, but I am not allowed to give out the passphrase.  

All laptops are win 8 or win10, all joined to domain.

It would be a nightmare to arrange remote support with every user to configure their connections manually/.
I need to make sure I dont spoil their existing wifi profiles for home and other sites.
Any advice much appreciated
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Please start here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg266419.aspx and inform yourself about authentication methods. No, you can not set a password there but instead it is much more complicated. See also https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/abf8bff5-6de7-4d0a-b326-ab4cfb4c87c6/wpawpa2-preshared-key-xp-wireless-gpo-in-2008-r2?forum=winserverGP for an idea.
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I am doing this exact thing right now with Radius.
The GPO location to configure is: Computer Config\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Wireless Network
Create a new wireless network policy. The one thing you will find that you cannot add is a PSK phrase.
This is why RADIUS must be used. If you have a Windows 2012R2 or later server, setting up RADIUS is a breeze.
Your WAPs and the GWC (gateway wireless controller) at the site also need to support RADIUS connectivity, which is typically seen as WPA2-Enterprise.
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You might also try a powershell deployment method through your systems management platform if you cannot setup RADIUS.
https://gist.github.com/robie2011/11428210
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Thanks all for comments.  We have a radius server so researching these options first. Many thanks
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Thanks everyone who contributed. This project has been put on the backburner so no progress yet.  Many thanks everyone who contributed.
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I have seen a new method recently. Easier. Let me know if you are still interested.
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