Server 2012–Unidentified Network with Team Set As Public

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This is a bit of a frustrating problem:


After setting up the team things were fine.

However, after a reboot the server has disappeared on the network.

After logging in we see that the team is active but the network is unidentified and the firewall is on Public:


Restart the Network Location Awareness service:


Then hit refresh in the Firewall MMC:


And refresh in NCPA.CPL (Network Connections):


It turns out that in situations where a Windows Server 2012 native NIC team is set up the Network Location Awareness service should be set to Automatic (Delayed Start) to give the team time to start!


Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book

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