Posts Tagged ‘network location awareness’

This one has bugged me for a long time. If I have a domain controller (only one DC coz it’s a small network) or a server in a workgroup, that starts up before the DC does then it can’t “detect” what type of network it is attached to. As a result the Windows NLA service defines it as “undefined network” and set the security profile to “Public”. This usually results in a lot of the remote access functions not working because the local firewall blocks them on Public networks.

Once this is set, the way I used to fix it was to go into the computers adapter settings and change the “default gateway” to something random, apply, and then change back to what it should be. This retriggered the Network detection which now finds the other servers that can be used to identify the network as Private. This is a problem though if I am remote and can’t get access to the physical server console (remote stuff is blocked by public!)