Change network type for VPN Connections (Windows)

So you just created a brand new VPN connection to let’s say work, and Windows decided that it is a completely untrusted network connection, setting it to a public network. Here is how you can quickly and immediately change the network type using powershell.

  1. Start an elevated powershell prompt
  2. Use the following command to list the known networks:
  3. This will net you something like below. Note that the VPN in this example is named “IPSEC”, and that the type is Public, which we want to change
PS C:\Windows\system32> Get-NetConnectionProfile

Name             : IPSEC
InterfaceAlias   : IPSEC
InterfaceIndex   : 24
NetworkCategory  : Public
IPv4Connectivity : LocalNetwork
IPv6Connectivity : NoTraffic

Name             : corp.nhcoding.nl
InterfaceAlias   : Ethernet
InterfaceIndex   : 6
NetworkCategory  : DomainAuthenticated
IPv4Connectivity : Internet
IPv6Connectivity : NoTraffic

PS C:\Windows\system32>
  1. Next, we can issue our change comment:
    Set-NetConnectionProfile -Name IPSEC -NetworkCategory Private
  2. Note that the change is immediate, no need to reconnect or restart anything