Import and Export Wired Authentication Settings with Netsh

by Eric Geier [Published on 6 July 2011 / Last Updated on 5 July 2011]

Backup or transfer the 802.1X client settings in Windows Vista or 7.

If your wired network is running 802.1X authentication, you might find it useful to export and import your wired network profile in Windows Vista or 7. You can quickly apply the 802.1X settings to multiple PCs, for example.

First, reference a list of wired profiles and their settings:

netsh lan show profiles

To export a profile:

netsh lan export profile folder=PATH_TO_FOLDER interface="INTERFACE_NAME"

This creates an XML file in the specified folder, named by the interface name.

To import a wired profile into Windows Vista or 7:

netsh lan add profile filename="PATH_AND_FILENAME.xml" interface="INTERFACE_NAME"

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The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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