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Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Hi, here is the situation . 

 

OK first of all, english is not my primary language, so I will try to explain my best.

 

We use Windows 10 - 1703 in combination with AnyConnect 4.5.00058.

 

The problem we have, is that anyconnect is not completely taking over wifi management.

 

If a user try to connect to a wifi network using the windows 10 wifi manager, it works and ignores the fact that anyconnect is installed.  And over times, it creates a conflict with anyconnect and anyconnect stops working (service is not availble, etc etc)  The only wayt to fiux this is to use the windows 10 network reset tool and forget saved wifi.

 

Back when we used Windows 7, if a user tried to connect to a wifi network using windows, the connection never established, and we only had to explain to the user that he had to use the anyconnect.

 

But with windows 10, the user can still use windows wifi suplicant to connect. 

 

We also tried with anyconnect version 4.5.02036 and the problem is still there.

 

Can you help me ? 

 

Thank  you

 

EDIT : Sorry I forgot to mention: We dont use the VPN function, We use anyconnect only for NAM for managing the WiFi connection

 

 

 

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Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Hi,

 VPN and Wifi problems is very common but unfortunately the solution looks never be the same. 

Take a look on this like as one attempt:

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2919900/windows-connection-manager-disconnects-wlan-if-a-vpn-connection-is-est

 

Good Look!

-If I helped you somehow, please, rate it as useful.-

Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Sorry I forgot to mention.  We dont use the VPN function, We use anyconnect only for NAM for managing the WiFi connection

 

 

Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

We're having the same issue. I noticed it when we switched to Windows 10. It was causing problems for us because the NAM client wasn't able to control the wireless adapter to connect to wireless networks. Sometimes it was showing no WiFi Adapters available. Other times, Windows is able to connect to a wireless network, but the NAM module just shows "searching for network." These are completely unrelated to VPN. Seems like a disconnect between the NAM module and the Windows adapter mgmt. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything to fix it.

Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Have you found a resolution to this yet? I'm having the same issue and I even have a Cisco TAC case open and it's been about a month since I've opened it and they still haven't found the root cause. They are suspecting it may be something specific to Dell because at this time they have a ticket open with Dell.
Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

No havent found any solution yet ... 

 

It has NOTHING to do with Dell

 

I have this problems on Lenovo Thinkpad x260, x270 and x280 and also on Dell Latitude 5290 and 7290

It has nothing to do with the WiFi NIC, We have Intel 7260, 7265 and 8265 over here

 

I've tested this with Windows 10 1703, 1709 and 1803   same on all of them.

 

Anyconnect 4.5.04029, 4.5.05030  and 4.6.01098 = same problem

 

I think it's just that windows 10 does not allow any software to completely take over wifi control like windows 7 used to.

 

I've lost all hope ... 

 

I'm testing other solutions

 

 

Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Did you ever find any solution to your issue?  We have a nightmare going on trying to deploy Anyconnect NAM with EAP-Channing on our Lenovo windows 10 laptops.  Some of them work just fine and others just randomly go to authenticating for up to several minutes. Others show no network adapters available.  I've tried different Win 10 versions, drivers, wireless cards, and 4.6 and 4.7 with the same issues.  I came across this post and noticed in our logs that it was trying to connect to the local networks via the windows supplicant so I removed all of them from the clients and thought it made it better, but then the issue reappeared.  I sent all day yesterday on the phone with TAC trying different settings and every time it seemed to work better, I'd try it on a different device or different part of the building and it would fail to roam again. We didn't have any roaming issues prior to installing NAM. I'm about to pull what's left of my hair out.  

Beginner

Re: Network Access Manager - Windows 10 - not dropping wifi supplicant

Hi, we found a resolution on our own. We ended up just deleting the wifi adapter from the device manager then reboot. Once we logged into the laptop the AnyConnect client worked normally and automatically authenticated to the wifi. We did this on several laptops that were having the issue and it worked like a charm. I hope this will work for you as well.
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