Configuring Wireless Security Settings via GPO

by Chris Sanders [Published on 23 March 2006 / Last Updated on 23 March 2006]

Using Group Policy wireless extensions you can more easily manage security and encryption settings for your networks wireless clients.

Windows Server 2003 provides functionality via group policy to configure wireless settings for clients in your organization. These settings can only being configured from Active Directory Users and Computers or the Microsoft Group Policy Management Console running on a Windows 2003 Server.

Several wireless policy options are available including:
  • Limit connections to Infrastructure or Ad-Hoc networks only
  • Automatically connect to non-preferred networks
  • SSID
  • WEP
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • Authentication type (Shared or Open)
  • EAP Type

Usage of these extensions is good practice for anyone administering a sizable wireless network infrastructure.


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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