Example of using the new NPS templates feature in Windows Server 2008 R2

In a previous NAP blog entry, we described the new NPS templates feature in Windows Server 2008 R2. In this blog entry, we show an example of using a template for a RADIUS shared secret.

Templates for RADIUS shared secrets allow users to specify a shared secret that can be reused when configuring RADIUS clients and remote RADIUS servers in the Network Policy Server snap-in. To create and use a RADIUS shared secret template, do the following:

1. From the Network Policy Server snap-in, open the Templates Management node.

2. In the console tree, right-click Shared Secrets, and then click New.

3. In Template Name, type a name for the shared secret template, and then either manually specify the shared secret or have NPS automatically generate one.

4. Click OK to save changes.

To use the RADIUS shared secret template, configure a RADIUS client, a remote RADIUS server, or a remote RADIUS server template and specify the template name for the shared secret, rather than manually configuring a shared secret or having NPS generate one. The following figure shows an example.

NPS template example

To view which RADIUS clients, remote RADIUS servers, and remote RADIUS server templates use a specific RADIUS shared secret template, right click the name of the RADIUS shared secret template, and then click View Usage.


NAP Product Team

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