Opened 14 years ago

#7843 new defect

VBox host-only network is reported as "Unidentified Network" and Public on Windows7 hosts

Reported by: Perry Owned by:
Component: network/hostif Version: VirtualBox 3.2.12
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: Windows


I am configuring virtual machines that are using the host-only network interface to connect to the host machine.

My host OS is Windows 7 and its firewall operates by classifying which network adapters and networks are public vs. work/home. Based on this classification, the firewall determines which interfaces allow service connections (e.g. cifs, http, etc.) and which interfaces do not.

The host-only network interface cannot be modified to change the network name nor network access type in the Windows "Network and Sharing Center" If I click on the network type (Work, home, public) of any other adapter, a dialog comes up that allows me to change the type and name. If I click on the bench of the vbox host-only iface, then I get an immutable dialog that shows me a read-only textfield and no capability to change the network type.

Please fix this. I do not want to install 3rd party firewall software, nor do I want to needlessly expose my box to public-network elements when I need VM guests to connect to my host. A host-only network is arguably more "private" than a "public network"

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