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Not able to PING Windows Server 2008

Most of network issues might be easily overruled by performing a simple PING test to the problematic device or to specific network devices.

Not receiving a PING REPLY does NOT necessarily mean that there is a cabling or IP Addressing problem, simply because PING could be blocked either on the receiving end, on the sending side, or on various network devices between those two points. This is mostly done due to security related issues involving PING (or better say – ICMP, the protocol behind PING).

In Windows Server 2008, the default setting is that the windows Firewall is configured to block ICMP.

In order to configure Server 2008 to allow ICMP replies, follow these steps:

Enable ICMP Replies via the local Command Prompt
On your Windows Server 2008  machine, at a command prompt, type the following:
netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8

This will allow you to ping the Server Core server from a remote machine, and receive a reply.

You can always run the following command in order to disable this option:

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable


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