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Setting up some Windows Servers (2012) and Windows 7 clients. They will never connect to the internet. They have that annoying yellow icon telling me "No Internet Connection".  Is there a way to get rid of that icon without having a internet connection?
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Look for apps seeking automatic updates such as for A/V and windows, even printers looking for driver updates.  Look at scheduled processes and review the tasks and services that are running.
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This is a fresh install of the OS. So no additional software is installed.  I found an article here about disabling Network Location Awareness, but I am still getting the icon.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766017(WS.10).aspx

http://blog.superuser.com/2011/05/16/windows-7-network-awareness/
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by:Mahesh
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It depends how you are connecting to internet, through ISP modem ?
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Through internet Data card ?

I either case you have to have default gateway and public DNS servers in tcp/ip properties so that you can connect to ISP dns servers

How you got your IP configuration ?

Windows is enough smart to change its network location based on type of network you are connected

May be your ISP required some kind of authentication post which you can get full access to internet ?
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As stated at the beginning of this post, these are systems that will NEVER connect to the internet. So, there is no ISP involved. No Modem.
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Ok
Sorry, mis understood your question

If it don't find internet connectivity, this is expected behaviour
It is default behaviour of windows 7 and cannot be changed
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Is this to include creating an internal NCSI Server for the machines to query?

The Network Connection Status Icon

I found the above article. Look under the section that says, "Hosting your own NCSI server".  I will be attempting this tomorrow, as the server is in a remote location I access only a few times a day. I am curious if this has been attempted by anyone else in an environment where there is no internet connection?
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I was able to confirm that the link I posted in my previous comment successfully worked.  To achieve the results:

-1. Have Web Server Running that machines can connect to.
-2. Have a DNS Server to reply to requests
-3. Add a Binding to the webserver that will reply to the custom web hostname (for example: ncsi.offlinenetwork.com)
-4. Create a Text file called ncsi.txt in the web root directory.
-5. Add a Single line of text that contains Customstring NCSI (for example: Offline NCSI
-6. Add a host (or alias) to DNS server for hostname used in step 3
-7. Add a alias to dns.yourDomainname (for example: dns.offlinenetwork.com)
-8 Edit Registry (or create a Group Policy) HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet
  a. Edit ActiveDnsProbeContent, set IP to match the IP of the host used in step 7
  b. Edit ActiveDnsProbeHost, set hostname to match hostname used in step 7
  c. Edit ActiveWebProbeContent, set string to match string of text used in step 5
  d. Edit ActiveWebProbeHost, set hostname to match hostname used in step 3
9. Reboot System
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As no one else was able to provide the solution, further research into the problem, I found the result on my own.
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