Renaming the network adapter

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 7 May 2014 / Last Updated on 7 May 2014]

How to use Windows PowerShell on Windows 8 or above to rename the net adapter.

Here's a tip from my colleague Ed Wilson (the Microsoft Scripting Guy) about how to use PowerShell to rename the net adapter on a computer. 

Question: You want to rename you network adapter. How can you do this using Windows PowerShell on Windows 8 or above?

Answer: Use the Get-Netadapter function to retrieve the specific network adapter and pipeline the results to the Rename-NetAdapter function. This technique appears here:

Get-NetAdapter –Name Ethernet | Rename-NetAdapter –NewName MyRenamedAdapter

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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