Server 2008 R2 Network Profile Changes to Public

Posted on 2014-02-21
Last Modified: 2014-03-04
Hey guys,

Using Server 2008 R2 Foundation Edition 64 bit. I have noticed that if the server shuts down unexpectedly (power outage, etc), sometime the network profile will switch to Public by itself, not allowing any incoming connections. Also, it wont let me change it to Work (Private) until I restart the machine (don't know why?). I found HotFix KB 2524478, but it says it's not applicable to my system. I believe it is because it is not a domain controller. This is very annoying....are there any settings I can change or other fixes?
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Mahesh earned 500 total points
ID: 39879320
I have not worked with 2008 R2 foundation Server but you might try below which is applicable for 2008 R2 standard \ enterprise editions

Open Services MMC snap-in, enable and start below services in automatic mode

•Function Discovery Resource Publication
•SSDP Discovery
•UPnP Device Host

Reboot and check please


Author Comment

ID: 39881288

Thanks for your response. I dont understand how these services will help?

Why doesn't Hot fix 2524478 work here?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39881748
Actually hotfix should work

Since its not working in your case, I have gave you workaround which actually helps to keep network discovery enabled post reboot and I suspect that if network discovery enabled after reboot, it will not change network profile then.

That is why I suggest you to try above

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Author Comment

ID: 39883399
All of these services are either disabled or set to manual start. Is there any downside to making these automatic? Security risks, Performance, etc....
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Expert Comment

ID: 39883613
As i told you earlier, I have not worked on 2008 R2 foundation server

I have done above service changes on 2008 R2 standard \ enterprise editions without any issue successfully.

It should work without any issues for you also hopefully, the thing is i am not able to find this documented any where at this point of time


Author Comment

ID: 39888159
I will enable these and see what happens.....I wont know if the problem is solved for sure as the network profile doesn't switch EVERY TIME there is an unexpected shutdown, just sometimes. Thanks!

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