PowerShell Get-NetIPConfiguration

PowerShell 3.0’s Best Network CmdletGet-NetIPConfiguration

Get-NetIPConfiguration reminds me of IPConfig, and it shows the basic TCP/IP information much more easily than using PowerShell Gwmi classes.

Tutorial for PowerShell’s Get-NetIPConfiguration


Basic Get-NetIPConfiguration Command

If you have ever grappled with Microsoft’s WMI network classes in PowerShell, then you may appreciate that Get-NetIPConfiguration is one of the new CIM generation of PowerShell functions.

# Assuming you have launched PowerShell 3.0 in Windows 8


InterfaceAlias : Ethernet
InterfaceIndex : 12
InterfaceDescription : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
NetProfile.Name : BTBusinessHub-185
IPv4Address :
IPv6DefaultGateway :
IPv4DefaultGateway :
DNSServer :

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Gettin More Information with Get-NetIPConfiguration

Researching with Get-Help reveals two useful parameters, -Detailed and -All.  In PowerShell v 3.0 you can also work with these parameters more easily if you preface the function with Show-Command.  These switches make Get-NetIPConfiguration look even more like IPConfig on steroids.

# Research extra parameters
Get-Help Get-NetIPConfiguration

Note 1: You could substitute Show-Command for Get-Help

Get-NetIPConfiguration -Detailed

ComputerName : WIN8
InterfaceAlias : Ethernet
InterfaceIndex : 12
InterfaceDescription : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
NetAdapter.LinkLayerAddress : 00-13-A9-86-4F-6C
NetAdapter.Status : Up
NetProfile.Name : BTBusinessHub-185
NetProfile.NetworkCategory : Private
NetProfile.IPv6Connectivity : LocalNetwork
NetProfile.IPv4Connectivity : Internet
IPv6LinkLocalAddress : fe80::2c31:96e7:f46f:7290%12
IPv4Address :
IPv6DefaultGateway :
IPv4DefaultGateway :
NetIPv6Interface.NlMTU : 1500
NetIPv4Interface.NlMTU : 1500
NetIPv6Interface.DHCP : Enabled
NetIPv4Interface.DHCP : Enabled
DNSServer :

See IPv6 in Windows 8 »

Tuning the Output of Get-NetIPConfiguration

Appending | gm (Get-Member) lists all the properties (and methods) for a cmdlet or PowerShell function.  As a result you can modify the output to suit conditions on your computer, here is an example listing the IP addresses of all the network interfaces in a table.

Get-NetIPConfiguration -all | Format-Table `
InterfaceAlias, InterfaceIndex, IPv4Address -AutoSize

Note 2: This example uses the -all parameter, thus you see the results for both real and virtual NICs.

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Get-NetIPConfiguration – Alias GIP

I was idly running Get-Alias, when I happened upon ‘GIP’.  The key to this discovery was deploying the -Definition parameter:
Get-Alias -Definition Get-NetIPConfiguration

Alternatively, you can examine the Alias section as revealed by Get-Help with any Cmdlet or Function.

Create Your Own Function Get-IPConfig

Another strategy is to create your own PowerShell function based on the built-in Microsoft IPConfig command.  What I did was create -IP, which display just the dotty dot numbers, for example:

See more about creating the Get-IPConfig function »

Summary of PowerShell Get-NetIPConfiguration

PowerShell 3.0 brings a host of new functions disguised as cmdlets; NetIPConfiguration provides a really useful way of displaying information about your computer’s IP Addresses.

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