About Wireless Provisioning Services
Note Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) is no longer available as of Windows Vista.
The Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) enable the discovery of and connection to wireless networks, typically wireless hotspots. XML data provided by the wireless Internet service provider (WISP) is used to provision wireless connection profiles managed by the Wireless Zero Configuration service.
The WISP provides the XML provisioning data for its wireless network connections through the following methods:
Wireless Network Provisioning
The wireless connection is provisioned through XML files from the WPS provisioning store on the client. When the user attempts to connect to a WISP wireless network, XML files can be automatically downloaded from the WISP and saved in the provisioning store.
XML files can also be added and queried through the WPS IProvisioningDomain interface. XML files added through this interface pre-provision the wireless connection without needing to download files from the WISP.
Preferred Profile Provisioning
The WPS IProvisioningProfileWireless interface creates a wireless profile provisioned through XML data. This profile will be added to the preferred list of profiles managed by the Wireless Zero Configuration service.
Unlike Wireless Network Provisioning, the XML data is not saved within the WPS provisioning store on the client.