PowerShell version 3 makes it easier than ever to control your NIC (Network Interface Card) with Enable and Disable-NetAdapter cmdlets.
Tutorial for Disable-NetAdapter
- Scenarios for PowerShell’s Disable-NetAdapter
- How to Disable One of Your Network Cards
- Enable Your Disabled Network Card
- Troubleshooting Disable-NetAdapter
- Research The NetAdapter Cmdlet Family
There are scenarios where you would need to disable a network adapter, for example controlling Wi-Fi usage. On the other hand, there are situations where your computer has multiple NICs and you want to choose which one is active.
Windows PowerShell v 3.0 offers an easier, more versatile alternative to grappling with ‘Netsh’ at the command line: Netsh interface set interface <NIC Name> Disabled
The only problem with PowerShell’s Disable-NetAdapter is that you need to know the Name of your NIC. This is where the sister cmdlet Get-NetAdapter is handy.
Discover the Names of Your NICs
# PowerShell script to enumerate your network cards.
Get-NetAdapter | Format-Table Name, InterfaceDescription -Auto
Note 1: You can research more properties by appending | Get-Member.
Preliminary step: before you launch PowerShell, right-click and ‘Run as Administrator’.
# PowerShell script to disable your network cards.
Disable-NetAdapter -Name ‘Wi-Fi’
Note 2: Most likely you need to change the name ‘Wi-Fi’ for the name of your network card revealed by the Discover script above.
Note 3: You can omit the -Name parameter as PowerShell v 3.0 assumes that the word after NetAdapter is indeed the name of the NIC.
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For testing purposes you may wish to ‘Enable’ the network card, and thus reverse the effect of Disable-NetAdapter.
# PowerShell script to enable your network card.
$YourNic = ‘Wi-Fi’
Enable-NetAdapter -Name $YourNic
Restart-NetAdapter -Name $YourNic
Note 4: Remember this: before you launch PowerShell 3.0 ISE, right-click and Run as Administrator.
Get-Command -Noun netadapter
CommandType Name ModuleName
———– —— ————
Function Disable-NetAdapter NetAdapter
Function Enable-NetAdapter NetAdapter
Function Get-NetAdapter NetAdapter
Function Rename-NetAdapter NetAdapter
Function Restart-NetAdapter NetAdapter
Function Set-NetAdapter NetAdapter
If you don’t have the cmdlet / function called Disable-NetAdapter, then firstly, check that your version of PowerShell is v 3.0. It also seems that this cmdlet is only available in Windows 8 and Server 2012.
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- Launch PowerShell (Preferably the ISE version)
- Copy the lines of code in the above examples (into memory).
- Right-click in the top pane.
More PowerShell v 3.0 Networking Cmdlets
One way to discover more about the new version 3 cmdlets is look at the ‘Modules’ in the Commands pane, once the ISE has launched.
Summary of PowerShell Disable-NetAdapter Cmdlet
PowerShell version 3 brings hundreds of new cmdlets. If you research the NetAdapter noun then you will see a family of Get, Enable and Disable-NetAdapter cmdlets.
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