How to configure a network adapter with powershell

Network adapter configuration is a common task for all the IT Professionals. When setup a new Windows Server, when configure storage connection with the Windows Server, Vlans, iSCSI, Failover Cluster Network configuration and more ...

Usually to configure the network adapter we use the Graphics user interface. To be honest lot of of times i use it too.

But powershell can give you the automation and more visibility in the configuration.

Also network adapter configuration with powershell can be helpful when we have lot of VM's.

Maybe at the first times you will think that needs more time but believe me you don't need.

It will be reduce your time and automate your task.

So let's start !!


How to Get a list of all the Network Adapters

I am sure that you have use it lot of times in the past.

But it's essential because for every change must be known the network adapter name or the index of the adapter. To find these info must use the get-netadapter.


Powershell command - get-netadapter



How to get the ip address of the Network Adapter.

If you need to  find out the Ip Addresses from each network adapter you can use the following command. However you can get some info like name or ifindex that can use it to get configuration from specific network adapters


Powershell command - get-netadapter


Then if you want to get the ip address for the specific network adapter use the InterfaceIndex which correspond to ifindex from the above image

Get-NetIPAddress -InterfaceIndex 15

Powershell command get-netipaddress



How to change Network Adapter from DHCP to Static IP Address

If you would like to change the ip address of the network adapter from the DHCP to Static then you can use the command new-netipaddress.

However you can use it if you need to add a 2nd ip address in the same adapter. Let's see the following example

New-Netipaddress -InterfaceIndex 15 -IpAddress

New-NetIpaddress powershell command


But note that if the network adapter has already a static ip address and use the new-netipaddress then will add a 2nd ip address in the network adapter.


How to change Network Adapter from Static IP Address to DHCP

If you want to change a static ip address of the network adapter to receive the ip address from the DHCP you can use the command remove-netipaddress.

Be sure that follow the steps to avoid any downtime

First run the Get-Netadapter to identify the Network Adapter that you want to change static ip to DHCP

Powershell command - get-netadapter


An optional step to verify the Ip Address that already has is the following. Also you can verify if the Network Adapter has one or more Ip Addresses.

Get-NetIpAddress -ifIndex 15

Now that you have verify a few things to avoid any downtime you can run the following command

Remove-NetIPAddress -InterfaceIndex 15

remove-netipaddress powershell


If you have more than one ip addresses in the same Network Adapter you can run 

Remove-NetIPAddress -InterfaceIndex 15 -IpAddress <the ip address that you want to remove>


How to change the Default Gateway of the Network Adapter

If you want to change the Default Gateway of the network adapter then you need to use 3 powershell command to do it.

First of all must run the Get-netadapter to get the list of the Network adapters and a few info included the ifindex

Powershell command - get-netadapter


Then you can run the following command to find out the default gateway that already has

Get-netroute -ifindex 15 

After that you must delete the default gateway. You can see the Default gateway in the Next Hop of  which is the ip address .

remove default gateway with powershell


After collect all the necessary info you can safely run the following command. 

Remove-NetRoute -ifIndex 17 -DestinationPrefix -NextHop

After run the command verify with the

Get-NetRoute -ifindex 15 

You can see that the Next Hop which is the Default Gateway it's not exist anymore.

remove de


Finally run the following command to add the new Default Gateway.

New-NetRoute -ifIndex 17 -DestinationPrefix -NextHop





How to change network adapter name

You can rename a network adapter if you want with the following command. I rename Network Adapters when i have multiples network adapters and i would like to understand where every network adapter use it.

For example when set up a Failover Cluster you need different network adapters for the iSCSI ,Management, Heartbeat and so on. In this scenario it's very useful to know the work of every adapter to avoid mistakes.

Rename-Netadapter -name "Ethernet 2"  -newname iSCSI



How to change DNS Ip Address of the network adapter

When you must change the DNS Ip address of a network adapter use the following powershell commands to do it.

Let's say that we have setup a new network adapter of a Virtual Machine and must be add the DNS Servers.

Get-DnsClientServerAddress to get the list of all the Network Adapters with the Dns Details

After that we can run optional the following command if you would like to see the Dns ip address of the specific network adapter

Get-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceIndex 15

Finally we can add the DNS Server IP Address as follow

Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceIndexf 15 -ServerAddresses

configure dns ip address in network adapter powershell



How to Disable or Enable a Network Adapter

If you want to disable a network adapter it's not so difficult.

As always first determinate the Network adapter that you want to disable with


Then run the following powershell command to disable the network adapter.

Disable-NetAdapter -Name ethernet

Last step run again Get-Netadapter to verify that the network adapter has been disabled.

disable network adapter powershell


You can enable again the network adapter with the following command.

Enable-NetAdapter -Name ethernet

enable network adapter powershell



How to add a network adapter in VLAN

Let's say that you want to change the VLAN ID or add a VLAN ID for a specific network adapter.

For example you have setup a VPN Server with 2 Interfaces. The one is in internal LAN with VLAN ID 10 and the other is for the External Access with VLAN ID 20.

You can run the following powershell commands and configure it:

  • Identify the Network Adapter that you must change the VLAN ID with


  • Use the following command to set the VLAN ID

Set-NetAdapter -Name ethernet -VlanID 20

  • You can verify the change with the following powershell command

Get-NetAdapterAdvancedProperty -DisplayName "vlan id"

change vlan id of the network adapter powershell



How to get advance  Network Adapter Properties

In the beginning of the article i wrote that you can have more visibility with the powershell instead of Graphical User Interface.

You can run the following command to understand why you can have more visibility.

Identify the name the Network Adapter that you need.

In your Powershell console write down and run the following command. All the properties in one page.


Advance properties of network adapter with powershell


Maybe in the beginning it's difficult because you need to learn new things.

But after some time you will understand how much easier and faster is to use powershell and configure network adapters when you must do it in multiple VM's


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