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

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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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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