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Chief Information Officer

Jerry Sheehan

MSU-Secure Wireless Configuration: Vista

Follow the instructions below to configure Microsoft Vista OS to automatically connect MSU-Secure, MSU's secure wireless network.

IMPORTANT: If you are a new student and have not yet changed/set your NetID password or it has expired, please go to My Profile to set it before continuing.

  1. Click the Network menu icon icon located in the lower right corner of your screen (fig. 2).
  2. Wireless networks window screenshot.
    Fig. 2

  3. Click Network and Sharing Center. (fig. 3).
  4. Wireless networks window screenshot.
    Fig. 3

  5. The Network and Sharing Center window opens (fig. 4).
  6. In the left sidebar click the Manage wireless networks link.
  7. Network Connect window image.
    Fig. 4

  8. The Manage Wireless Networks window opens (fig. 5).
  9. Click the Add button.
  10. Network login window
    Fig. 5

  11. The Manually connect to a network window opens (fig. 6).
  12. Click Manually create a network profile.
  13. Set Location window
    Fig. 6

  14. Enter the following information (fig. 7).
  15. Enter MSU-Secure for Network name.
    Select WPA2-Enterprise for Security Type.
    Select AES for Encryption type.
    Check Start this connection automatically.
  16. Click the Next button.
  17. Set Location window
    Fig. 7

  18. Under Successfully added MSU-Secure heading (fig. 8).
  19. Click Change connection settings.
  20. Successfully added MSU8021X window
    Fig. 8top of page

  21. The MSU-Secure Wireless Network properties window opens (fig. 9)
  22. Make sure that ONLY Connect automatically when this network is in range is checked.
  23. Click the Security tab.
  24. MSU8021X Wireless Network properties window.
    Fig. 9

  25. The Security panel opens (fig. 10)
  26. Set the authentication method to Microsoft: Protected EAP (PEAP).
    Check the Cache user information... box.
  27. Click the Settings button.
  28. Security tab view of window
    Fig. 10

  29. The Protected EAP Properties window opens (fig. 11)
  30. Check the Validate server certificate box.
    Check AddTrust External CA Root
    Check Enable Fast Reconnect
    Uncheck ALL other boxes.
  31. Set authentication method to Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2).
    Click the Configure button.
  32. Protected EAP Properties window
    Fig. 11

  33. The EAP MSCHAPv2 Properties window opens (fig. 12)
  34. Uncheck the Automatically use my Windows logon... box.
  35. Click the OK button.
  36. Security tab view of window
    Fig. 12
  37. Click the OK in the next 2 panels.
  38. Click on the Additional information... balloon on lower right of your screen (fig. 13).
  39. Additional information…” balloon
    Fig. 13
  40. The Enter Credentials window opens (fig. 14).
  41. Enter your MSU NetID and password.
  42. Click the OK button.
  43. Security tab view of window
    Fig. 14
  44. Click on the Additional information... balloon again (fig. 15).
  45. Additional information…” balloon
    Fig. 15

  46. The Validate Server Certificate window opens (Fig. 16).
  47. Click the OK button.
  48. Additional information…” balloon
    Fig. 16top of page

  49. The Set Network Location window opens.
  50. Click Public location (fig. 17).
  51. Set Location window
    Fig. 17

  52. You should now be connected to MSU-Secure and see the window below (fig. 18).
  53. Set Location window
    Fig. 18

  54. When successfully connected your network icon in the lower right of your screen will like this: Desktop icon showing connected status.

If you receive any errors first check that your settings, NetID, and password have all been entered correctly.

For additional assistance please stop by the IT Services Desk located on the first floor of the Library , call 994-1777 or send an email to