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I seem to be getting this annoying error intermittently.

Although my internet connection is working fine the Connect To dialog insists that I can't connect to my VPN connections as there isn't an active connection. If I dig down to the actual Control Panel > Network Connections screen I can connect the the required connection without any problems so this is an annoyance rather than a major issue but I thought I'd see if anyone knows of a permanent fix to this.

I've already tried amending the binding order to make sure my LAN is listed before anything else which hasn't helped.

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I am having the exact same problem, what triggers it for me, is VMware Workstations 2 Network interfaces, if I disable either “VMware Network Adapter VMnet8” or “VMware Network Adapter VMnet1” I can use the “Connect To” windows just fine, if however they both are enabled it says there is no active connection.

Do you by any chance have VMware Workstation / (Or Player) installed with both interfaces enabled?

I did the interface bindings trick aswell, but that didnt help, the above with disabling one of the two VMware interfaces did however, i have yet to find out why this happens.

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Interesting point - I forgot to mention it but I'm running VMWare Server on this box. I guess this could be the cause but it's a little strange. I've been running fine with this set-up for a number of months - its only over the last few weeks that i've started getting this VPN problem. – Chris W Jul 21 '09 at 7:32

I've had numerous VPN stability issues in both Windows Vista and Windows 7 when VMware Workstation is installed on the machine. I have a Vista machine that experiences the exact behavior mentioned in the OP's question.

An alternative to disabling one of the VMware Network Adapters is to kill the various vm* services that launch at startup when you're not using them (or prevent them from starting to begin with). This seems to improve VPN functionality for me as well.

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