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What makes a network "unknown"?

  1. #1


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    What makes a network "unknown"?


    Hi, I am running 8.1 in a VM with 2 virtual Ethernet NICs. The first one is bridged and identified as a private network. The second is host only with fixed IP and always comes up as "unknown". Both work fine.

    At the moment (in the windows VM) I have changed all "Unknown Networks" to be private in Local Security Policy / Network List Manager Policies (so I use private firewall rules) but would rather have it identified than change all unidentified networks to be private.

    Is this possible? What defines a network as identified on not?

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    Code:
    PS C:\Windows\system32> ipconfig /all
    Windows IP Configuration
       Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Windows
       Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . :
       Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
       IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
       WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    Ethernet adapter Ethernet 2:
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter #2
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-00-27-78-33-A5
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::71f0:3710:ce4d:3e4b%7(Preferred)
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.56.102(Preferred)
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
       DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 168296487
       DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1B-F9-F8-7C-08-00-27-4A-59-47
       DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
                                           fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
                                           fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
    Ethernet adapter Ethernet:
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-00-27-4A-59-47
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
       Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::4cd3:9226:dc7a:eba1%3(Preferred)
       IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.23(Preferred)
       Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
       Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, December 2, 2014 10:43:24 AM
       Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, December 3, 2014 10:43:24 AM
       Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
       DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
       DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 50855975
       DHCPv6 Client DUID. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-1B-F9-F8-7C-08-00-27-4A-59-47
       DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
       NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled
    Tunnel adapter isatap.{9CDC1938-D9C0-4129-B040-27058BB317C5}:
       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Tunnel adapter isatap.{97CFB434-7BFC-4C34-B778-D372D387E175}:
       Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
       Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
       Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft ISATAP Adapter #2
       Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
       DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
       Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    PS C:\Windows\system32>

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  2. #2


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Good question Adam, I've wondered this myself. Only thing I can figure is with routers, firewalls and proxy servers, Windows is unable to figure out what the connection is.
    My wireless tray icon says Unidentified Network and No internet access, yet I do.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Good question Adam, I've wondered this myself. Only thing I can figure is with routers, firewalls and proxy servers, Windows is unable to figure out what the connection is.
    My wireless tray icon says Unidentified Network and No internet access, yet I do.
    I also always wondered that too !

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