Add and use wired networks settings on your macOS and Windows devices in Microsoft Intune
Microsoft Intune includes built-in settings to configure wired networks for your macOS and Windows devices. You can configure the network interface, accepted EAP types, server trust settings, and more.
Wired networks are used by many organizations to give network access to desktop computers and devices that must use a network cable.
These built-in settings can be deployed to devices in your organization using policy. When the policy is ready, it can be assigned to different users and groups. Once assigned, your users get access to your organization's wired network without configuring it themselves.
As part of your mobile device management (MDM) solution, use this feature to create 802.1x profiles to manage wired networks. Then, deploy these wired networks to your devices.
This feature applies to:
- Windows 11
- Windows 10
For example, you have a wired network named Contoso wired network. You want to set up all macOS desktops to connect to this network. Here's the process:
- Create a wired network profile that includes the settings that connect to the Contoso wired network.
- Assign the profile to a group that includes all users macOS desktop computers. For recommendations on using group types, see User groups vs. device groups.
- On their desktops, users find the Contoso wired network in the list of networks. They can then connect to the network, using the authentication method of your choosing.
This article lists the steps to create a wired network profile. It also includes a link that describes the different settings.
Create the profile
Sign in to the Microsoft Intune admin center.
Select Devices > Configuration profiles > Create profile.
Enter the following properties:
- Platform: Select macOS or Windows 10 and later.
- Profile: Select Templates > Wired network.
In Basics, enter the following properties:
- Name: Enter a descriptive name for the profile. Name your profiles so you can easily identify them later. For example, a good profile name is macOS: wired network policy.
- Description: Enter a description for the profile. This setting is optional, but recommended.
In Configuration settings, configure the settings, including the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) type. For a list of all settings, and what they do, see:
In Assignments, select the user groups or device groups that will receive your profile. For more information on assigning profiles, see Assign user and device profiles.
In Review + create, review your settings. When you select Create, your changes are saved, and the profile is assigned. The policy is also shown in the profiles list.
If you use certificate based authentication for your wired network profile, then deploy the wired network profile, certificate profile, and trusted root profile to the same groups. This deployment makes sure that each device can recognize the legitimacy of your certificate authority. For more information, see configure certificates with Microsoft Intune.
The profile is created, but may not be doing anything. Be sure to assign this profile, and monitor its status.
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