Enable PING on Windows Server 2008 R2

By default, ping is disabled on Windows Server 2008 R2 installations in the firewall. To enable ping, modify your network Inbound rules to Enable the following rule.

File and Printer Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-In).

This is a standard rule on the system but is not enabled by default. Enable the rule and ping will start to work.

One Response to “Enable PING on Windows Server 2008 R2”

  • Windows Server 2008 by default does NOT reply to ping packets (which technically are ICMP packets). To enable this to go: Administrative Tools – Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Scroll down to File And Print Sharing (Echo Request – ICMPv4-IN) (or v6 if you are using ipv6) Enabled this rule Generally ICMP and Ping is useful for quickly checkig if machines are up/down, i.e. during a reboot pinging it. Leaving it off secures you by reducing the attack surface which I’m sure is why it’s off by default.


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