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The network connectivity status incorrectly appears as "Local only" on a Windows Server 2008-based or Windows Vista-based computer that has more than one network adapter

The network connectivity status incorrectly appears as Local only on a Windows Server 2008-based or Windows Vista-based computer. The incorrect network status may remain awhile until programs generate Internet traffic.

This problem occurs when the following conditions are true:
  • More than one network adapter is installed on the computer.
  • The computer is not behind a proxy. Or, the computer is behind a proxy that is transparent to the network.
Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include a Network Location Awareness (NLA) service to provide information about the computer's connectivity. A Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) component of the NLA determines connectivity to the Internet.

To first determine connectivity, NCSI performs an active probe that is based on HTTP traffic or on DNS traffic. In an environment that does not have a visible proxy, a DNS probe will be used if the system remains in the same network as the network that a previous active probe detected. If more than one network adapter is present, after the DNS probe succeeds, the system cannot determine which network adapter has Internet access. Therefore, all the network adapters continue to indicate a Local only status.

When other programs generate Internet traffic, NCSI begins to use passive monitoring, and passive monitoring detects the correct network status. Then, passive monitoring indicates the correct network status for the appropriate network adapter.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
For more information about Network Location Awareness, visit the following Microsoft TechNet Web site:

Article ID: 947041 - Last Review: 05/05/2008 18:38:49 - Revision: 2.0

Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition, Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit Edition

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