Show network adapters whose status is “up”

This tip is from Ed Wilson a.k.a. The Scripting Guy at Microsoft.

PowerTip: Show ‘up’ physical adapters

Question: You want to see which physical network adapters 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’

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 called Hey, Scripting Guy! that is hosted on the Microsoft TechNet Script Center; for more PowerTips check out the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog.

The above tip was previously published in an issue of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to WServerNews today by going to and join almost 100,000 other IT professionals around the world who read our newsletter!

Mitch Tulloch is a twelve-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see


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