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How to Start/Stop IPsec Policy Agent service

Service name: PolicyAgent

Display name: IPsec Policy Agent


Description:

Internet Protocol security (IPsec) supports network-level peer authentication, data origin authentication, data integrity, data
confidentiality (encryption), and replay protection.  This service enforces IPsec policies created through the IP Security Policies snap-in
or the command-line tool "netsh ipsec".  If you stop this service, you may experience network connectivity issues if your policy requires
that connections use IPsec. Also,remote management of Windows Firewall is not available when this service is stopped.


Path to executable:

C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted

CMD:
This method shows you how to Start/Stop IPsec Policy Agent service from Command Prompt

Please perform the following steps:

Please go to Start and click on the Search programs and files

Type cmd, right click on cmd icon under the Programs and click on Run as administrator

Please confirm User Account Control pop-up

Please select, right and copy a registry key from below, then right click on command prompt window, select Paste and press Enter


To Start IPsec Policy Agent service:

net start PolicyAgent


Note: You can’t start a service if Startup type is on Disabled.


To Stop IPsec Policy Agent service:

net stop PolicyAgent


To change Startup type:

Automatic:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f

Manual:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 3 /f

Disabled:

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 4 /f

Automatic (Delayed Start):

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f


Note: When you change to Automatic (Delayed Start) a new key DelayedAutostart is created with value 1.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f


When you change to Automatic from Automatic (Delayed Start), DelayedAutostart change value to 0.

REG add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\PolicyAgent" /v DelayedAutostart /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

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