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Configuring 802.1X Wired Authentication on a Windows 7 Client

This article discusses the steps necessary to configure a Windows 7 computer to use 802.1X user authentication for wired LAN connections on the MS Switch. 

Enable Wired AutoConfig on your Computer

  1. Click the Start button and type services.msc into the search box.
  2. In the services window locate the service named Wired AutoConfig.
  3. Right click on this service and click on properties.
  4. Select the Startup Type Automatic and press OK.
  5. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

Configure the Local LAN connection for 802.1X authentication

  1. Right click on your network adapter and select Properties.
  2. Click on the Authentication tab and select the option for IEEE 802.1X authentication
  3. Choose the network authentication method Microsoft:Protected EAP (PEAP) from the drop down:
  4. Click Settings (next to the network authentication method drop-down).
  5. If you are using a server certificate, select Validate server certificate. Otherwise, deselect this option.
  6. Click Configure and select Automatically use my Windows logon name and password (and domain if any) click "OK" twice to return to the Local Area Connection Properties
  7. Click Additional Settings and select Specify authentication mode and specify User authentication. Click "OK" twice.
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