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Enable TLS 1.2 on Windows Server 2008

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Updated August 1, 2018


To enable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 on remote machines running Windows Server 2008 that are connected to the Orion Platform, you'll need to edit registry keys and change Windows security options.

Starting with Orion Platform 2017.3, Orion server support for Windows Server 2008 Orion was deprecated. This article applies to remote machines being monitored by the Orion server -- not the Orion server itself. Also, this information applies to Windows Server 2008, not Windows Server 2008 R2.


  • Windows Server 2008


SolarWinds strongly recommends that you back up your registry before making any edits to your system registry. You should only edit the registry if you are experienced and confident in doing so. Using a registry editor incorrectly can cause serious issues with your operating system, which could require you to reinstall your operating system to correct them. SolarWinds cannot guarantee resolutions to any damage resulting from making registry edits.


To enable TLS 1.2 on a Windows Server 2008 machine:  

  1. Log into the machine with Administrator privileges.
  2. Apply all available Windows updates.
  3. Restart the machine.
  4. Add registry keys for both Client and Server in the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2 


  1. In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Local policies > Security Options.
  2. Enable the "System cryptography: Use FIPS compliant algorithms for encryption, hashing, and signing" setting.
  3. Force an update of the Group Policy on the machine by opening a command prompt and typing:
    cmd.exe: gpupdate /force


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