Can’t Change Network Location Windows Server 2012 & 2012 R2

Out of the box the last few versions of Windows Server have had a substantial focus on security which is in general a great thing. However if you’ve experienced the “fun” wonders of not being able to RDP or ping your newly setup Windows server or have encountered issues with it after changing networks you may want to check your network location to see if it shows as Private or Public. Not only do these have a vastly different set of default firewall rules in general any network you connect your server to should be a private network.

Great, so how do we change the network location? Well for starters you can’t simply click the location and change it to public like you can on a Windows desktop machine. To change this we’ll need to enter the run dialog box (right click start and choose run). Then type secpol.msc and hit enter.

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Once you’ve done this you will want to choose “Network List Manager Policies” on the left hand side of the msc window.

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Next we’ll right click “unidentified networks” and choose properties. The following window will appear, select the radio button for “private” and click ok. You should now see your network change from public to private.

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