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What makes a network "unknown"?


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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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popeye

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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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vrosa

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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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