Configure the Local NPS Server by Using the NPS Console

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

After you have installed NPS, you can use this procedure to manage the local NPS server by using the NPS Microsoft Management Console (MMC).


In Windows Server® 2012, there is no functional difference between the NPS console and the MMC snap-in – you can manage the local and remote NPS servers from each.

In Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Windows Server® 2008, the NPS console differs from use of the NPS MMC snap-in in the following ways:

  • The NPS console is installed by default when you install NPS.

  • The NPS console is used to manage the local NPS server only; you cannot use the NPS console to manage remote NPS servers.

  • You can use the NPS MMC snap-in to create a custom MMC console that allows you to manage remote NPS servers in addition to managing the local NPS server.

Administrative Credentials

To complete this procedure, you must be a member of the Administrators group.

To configure the local NPS server by using the NPS console

  1. Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Network Policy Server. The NPS console opens.

  2. In the NPS console, click NPS (Local). In the details pane, choose either Standard Configuration or Advanced Configuration, and then do one of the following based upon your selection:

    • If you choose Standard Configuration, select a scenario from the list, and then follow the instructions to start a configuration wizard

    • If you choose Advanced Configuration, click the arrow to expand Advanced Configuration options, and then review and configure the available options based on the NPS functionality that you want.