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Windows Server 2012 – How to Enable “Ping”?

Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a host of new features that significantly improve the functionality of the operating system. Many of these developments expand on existing capabilities of Windows Server 2012. One of the command is Ping. It is a prompt command utilized to check the capability of the source computer to reach a specified endpoint computer.

The ping command is generally used as a simple method for verifying that a computer can communicate over the network with another computer or network device. Additionally, this command operates by sending Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Echo Request messages to the endpoint computer and waits for a reaction.

If you are facing difficulties with the connectivity, you can use the ping command to test the endpoint IP address you wish to reach and record the outcomes. The ping command shows whether the destination’s reaction and how long it took to receive a reaction. If there is any error in the delivery to the destination, the ping command displays an error message. Follow the below steps to use the ping command:

  1. Ping your computer to decide that TCP/IP is functioning. Do remember that pinging your computer does not confirm that your network adapter is operating.
  2. Ping the local router to decide whether the router is running.
  3. Ping elsewhere excluding your local router.
  4. In order to check the connectivity by using the ping command, at the command prompt, type “ping” and the IP address you want to reach.

By default, users are unable to ping a server operating on Windows Server 2012. In order to enable the Ping command, you can follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Go to Server Manager and then dashboard, click on the “Tools” menu. Select “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” from the drop down menu.
  • secondly, click on “Inbound Rules” and scroll down via the list of inbound rules to seethe one titled “File and Printer Sharing”. Click on the right entry and select “Enable Rule”. Automatically, the rule will be enabled for all firewall profiles.
  • once, the above step is completed, close the “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security” window. Try to ping your server again and it will start working.

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