New Blog Templates and Protected Content (and other plugins)

Does New Blog Templates supports pre-activated and pre-configured plugins?
I have a multisite installation and would like to configure a subsite template so all plugins are activated and configured.
One of the things I would like to achieve is that every new site already have Protected Content activated, configured and protecting pages so essentially each new created site from the template is automatically protected.

So I configured a subsite, activated Protected Content (network activated), configured Protected Content (defined a membership, protected pages etc...), however when I create a new subsite from this site template I get protected content activated but not configured.

Shouldn't Blog Templates maintain plugin configurations? how do I enable it?

Thanks,
D.