Identify active physical adapters

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 9 May 2014 / Last Updated on 9 May 2014]

How to use PowerShell to see which physical network adapters are up on your Windows 8.1 computer.

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use PowerShell to XXXXXXXXXX.

Question: You want to see which physical network adapters are up on your Windows 8.1 computer using Windows PowerShell. How can you do this?

Answer: Use the –physical parameter with the Get-NetAdapter function and filter for a status of up. This technique appears here:

Get-NetAdapter -physical | where status -eq 'up'

Mitch Tulloch is a nine-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  For more information see http://www.mtit.com.

Ed Wilson is the bestselling author of eight books about Windows Scripting, including Windows PowerShell 3.0 Step by Step, and Windows PowerShell 3.0 First Steps. He writes a daily blog about Windows PowerShell call Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

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