How to enable Ping in Windows Server 2012

Updated 2013-02-04 – Added link menu and corrected PowerShell command syntax

This is just a quick guide to enabling a server to respond to ping, the default setting in Windows Server 2012 is to not respond. This is how you do it:

The exact same steps apply to Windows Server 2012 R2

Click to choose your style…
Server2012_Logo_small Enable Ping using the GUI – Graphical User Interface
powershell_logo_small Enable Ping using PowerShell

GUI – Graphical User Interface

1. Open Control Panel, then select System and Security by clicking on that header

2. Select Windows Firewall

3. Advanced Settings

4. In ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced security’ click on ‘Inbound rules’

5. Scroll down to ‘File and Printer sharing (Echo request – ICMPv4-In)

6. Rightclick on the rule and select ‘Enable rule’

Make sure that it turns green

Done, close down the ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced Security’ windows and then the Control panel.
Verify functionality by pinging the servers own IP address from a command or PowerShell prompt.

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(This will enable the existing rule exactly as the instruction above does)

Import-Module NetSecurity
Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In)” -enabled True

(ABove enables the existing rule, below will create a new rule that allows ICMPv4/Ping and enable it)

Import-Module NetSecurity
New-NetFirewallRule -Name Allow_Ping -DisplayName “Allow Ping”  -Description “Packet Internet Groper ICMPv4” -Protocol ICMPv4 -IcmpType 8 -Enabled True -Profile Any -Action Allow

(For IPv6 Ping you obviously enable the v6 Inbound Rule…)

Thats all there is to it!
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16 thoughts on “How to enable Ping in Windows Server 2012

  1. It looks like the name giving is wrong… for File and Printer sharing

    PS C:\> Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In)” -enabled True
    Set-NetFirewallRule : No MSFT_NetFirewallRule objects found with property ‘DisplayName’ equal to ‘File and Printer Shar
    ing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In)’. Verify the value of the property and retry.
    At line:1 char:1
    + Set-NetFirewallRule -DisplayName “File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv …
    + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (File and Printe…st – ICMPv4-In):String) [Set-NetFirewallRule], CimJob
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CmdletizationQuery_NotFound_DisplayName,Set-NetFirewallRule

  2. Any easy way to do this on Server 2008r2 that doesn’t have the new powershell modules like NetSecurity?

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