Deploying 802.1X-Authenticated Wired Access

To deploy an 802.1X-authenticated wired network using Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, perform the following tasks:

  • Deploy certificates.

  • Configure Active Directory for accounts and groups.

  • Configure NPS servers.

  • Configure 802.1X-capable switches.

  • Configure wired clients.

Deploying Certificates

You must deploy certificates if you are doing the following:

  • Computer-level authentication with EAP-TLS and computer certificates. Each wired client computer needs a computer certificate.

  • User-level authentication with EAP-TLS and either smart cards or registry-based user certificates. Either each wired user needs a smart card, or each wired client computer needs a user certificate.

  • User or computer-level authentication ...

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