70-240 in 15 minutes a week: Windows 2000 IPSec Page 2

The next step is configuring the default authentication mechanism to be used. In Active Directory environments, Kerberos is probably the easiest choice, although the use of certificates or a pre-shared key are possible given that you may want to configure connections with systems that only support these methods. For the purpose of simplicity, I'll choose the pre-shared key.

The last screen that appears is actually a little confusing. While you have now created a new policy, you still need to edit its properties. If you choose to uncheck the box below, you can always still configure policy settings later by right clicking on a policy in Group Policy and choosing Properties.

If you choose to edit properties of the policy, you will be presented with the property screen shown below.

Note that by default, the only security rule that exists is the Default Response rule that we chose to allow in the previous wizard. This rule can be edited, or we can add and remove rules from this screen. We'll add a new rule in a moment, but first take a look at the Advanced button from the General tab below.

Note the settings on this screen above. The first setting, Master key Perfect Forward Secrecy, is used if you want to ensure that the same keying material or previous keys are ever used again in selecting a master key. The other settings configure how often new keys should be generated in minutes and seconds, while the Methods button allows you to configure the integrity and encryption mechanisms used during exchanges (such as SHA or MD5 for integrity, and DES or 3DES for encryption).

Now that you're familiar with some of the property settings, lets configure a new rule for accessing the HR server, as the name I gave the policy suggests. This particular rule will require transport mode, since I don't want to define any type of tunnel. I also should have some concept of which port or ports I need to secure for a particular application if applicable. For my example, I am going to assume that we want all IP traffic between this client and my HR server encrypted. You should experiment with more granular policies on your own.

Clicking the Add button on the rules tab opens the Create IP Security Rule Wizard, as shown below.

The first step is deciding whether or not the rule specifies a tunnel. If not, the system will be configured to use transport mode.

The Network type screen comes next. From here we can decide whether you want the rule to be used for all network connections, only LAN, or only Remote access. I've chosen that it should apply to all.

It may seem strange that you are again presented with the authentication mechanism screen again after this, but remember that each rule can have its own. The one that we specified earlier was the authentication mechanism for the default response rule. I'll skip the screen shot since it's exactly the same as the one presented previously.

The next screen is where the going gets tough, since you need to specify the exact types of traffic that you wish to secure. You might be able to escape easily by choosing to secure all IP and ICMP traffic, but I suggest taking a look at adding a rule that meets your needs a little better. 

After clicking the Add button to add a new filter list, you are presented with the screen below:

This article was originally published on Dec 3, 2001
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