cisco wireless compatibility with microsoft WCN

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May 7th, 2007
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Hi everyone,


Might be going to the wrong site, but is there a way to copy the wireless profile on the windows wireless notebook to do a mass deployment? I have different sites using a mixed of Cisco(WLC4400, AP1200, WCS), Aruba, 3com using WEP,TKIP, WPA2, I am looking for a way to copy the wireless profile so that I can do mass deployment.


Microsoft has this WCN, I am not sure cisco product support WCN or not?

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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/learnmore/bowman_05june13.mspx


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0604.mspx


http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/netattach/WCN.mspx

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DigitalAirWireless Tue, 05/08/2007 - 13:57
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Paul,

not too sure on the WCN but if you are running a windows Server 2003 active directory domain you can use the "Wireless Network (IEEE 802.11) Policies Group Policy extension" in Active Directory:


http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0703.mspx


Hope that this helps, let us know how you get on.


Cheers, Mark


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paulnigel Tue, 05/08/2007 - 16:31
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Thank you very much Mark.


I will try this out and let you know.


Thanks much,

paul

paulnigel Wed, 05/16/2007 - 21:16
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Hi Mark,


1) By using your suggestion, I can use the windows GPO to push the wireless settings onto the notebook using different access method, WEP, WPA, etc.


2) I can also push the certificate to the wireless notebook using the Public Key Policies > Trusted Root Certificate Authorities settings.


My problem is:


Each time the wireless notebook is rebooted/a user relogon, the certificate will be downloaded and it takes more than 7 or 8 minutes for the whole process to complete. I couldn't understand why. I am still trying to find a solution for it.


If you have any idea, kindly advise me.


Thanks much,

paul

DigitalAirWireless Fri, 05/18/2007 - 01:51
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Hi Paul,

well done on getting so far, not too sure why you keep downloading your certificate but i will set this up early next week and see how i get on with it. If you find anything out pls post back.


Have a good weekend


Cheers

paulnigel Mon, 05/28/2007 - 16:19
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Hi Mark,


Thanks again for the pointer.


The verification screen(a baloon popup prompting to accept the certificate) is probably by design, but if you do this:


1) disable "validate server certificate"

2) tick "authenticate as computer if computer information is available"


then, you will not get prompted, but that is sort of like doing with less security.


Mine is actually a standalone edition windows2003, therefore the CA is also a standalone CA, I cant do auto-enrolment, publishing the key to the AD objects I guess, therefore using the GPO to push.


I am not sure if there is a way to register the CA with the AD something, if I cant search for an answer, I might try to find a way to talk to microsoft.


Thank you very much,

paul

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