IPsec Policy Agent (PolicyAgent) Service on Windows Server 2012

Q

What is the "IPsec Policy Agent (PolicyAgent)" system service on Windows Server 2012? Can I disable "IPsec Policy Agent"?

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A

"IPsec Policy Agent (PolicyAgent)" is a Windows Server 2012 service that supports network-level peer authentication, data origin authentication, data integrity, data confidentiality (encryption), and replay protection. This service enforces IPsec (IP Security) 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.

Detailed information on "IPsec Policy Agent" service:

Service name: PolicyAgent
Display name: IPsec Policy Agent
Execution command: 
   C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted
Dependencies: 
   Base Filtering Engine
   TCP/IP Protocol Drive

"IPsec Policy Agent" service is provided by the svchost.exe program, see "svchost.exe Executable Program on Windows Server 2012" for details.

Disabling "IPsec Policy Agent" service may cause issues on running Windows 2012 Server.

 

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