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From Windows 7 I'm using "Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.0" to connect to our corporate network.

Every time I establish the VPN connection Windows will set the type as "work network". I don't want this. So I go to "network and sharing center" and manually / interactively change it to "public network". But I have to repeat it for every new VPN connection.

  • Is there any way to make Windows remember / persist this configuration?
  • Can it be configured in the VPN client?
  • Do our IT admins need to change something at server end?

Motivation: A "work network" per default uses different firewall settings that allows for stuff like "network discovery" and "file shares". But I absolutely don't want this for the VPN connection!
I just need "remote desktop" (mstsc). That's all.

Additional info: Our IT admins claimed this would be Windows default behaviour and there was nothing we could do about it: Windows would always initiate a VPN connection as "work network". Based on this statement I assume this is a "general" issue and went ahead posting here (at superuser.com).
From what I've read so far it could be related to Microsoft / Windows NLA and related configuration parameters?

Update1: The situation has become even worse. Previously i would establish the VPN connection and then manually change to "public network". But now - after some time running with VPN connection - the network type automatically switches back to "work network". This means: I need to frequently check the network type and adjust when required.
Help! How can i stop this?

Update2: still the same problem with Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.1.04072


observations so far:

it seems the following registry locations are playing a role:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Signatures]

in particular:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\{<Network GUID>]
"Category"=dword:00000000
"CategoryType"=dword:00000000

where:

0 = Public
1 = Private (includes "Home" and "Work")
2 = Domain

and in my case the "Category" keeps flipping back from "0" to "1".
the question is: why?
and how can i prevent this?

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But if the VPN as-is allows you to do RDP, why do you need to change it? That's not making any sense. –  codenoire Jan 21 at 0:08

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