OneCare keeps switching network adapter to "public place" RRS feed

  • Question


    I have VMWare workstation on my pc which installs 2 extra ethernet adapters (that are virtual).


    For some reason Vista and OneCare are classifying these 2 under the "unknown networks" bucket so they default my PC to a "public place".  I can change it back to Home/Work by changing the unknown networks to Private but after a reboot it goes back to public place.


    Any ideas how I can get Vista and/or OneCare to stop changing that for these 2 adapters?  Any way to make them "known" instead of "unknown"?


    Thanks for any help.


    Sunday, August 24, 2008 8:42 PM


  • This is a limitation (okay, in my opinion, a bug or design defect) of the OneCare firewall in how it handles multiple active network adapters. The firewall always reverts to Public when multiple adapters are active. A workaround is to uncheck the setting on the firewall tab - OneCare/Change Settings - to "automaticall suspend home or work..."


    Monday, August 25, 2008 3:21 PM