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I am writing a Windows 2008 Server follow-up script for my group. This essentially runs after the initial build to perform customizations for the environment, software installations etc. (Why they refuse to use deployment services I will never understand). Anyway, I need to perform some actions on the NIC that has the wire plugged into it. Some of these servers have up to 8 network ports. Windows never seems to name them the same either. So even if our documentation says "plug the public net wire into the on-board NIC port 0" it still may come up as "Local Area Connection 3" or "Local Area Connection 6" or whatever.

I wanted to be able to run some configuration commands, such as:

Run(@ComSpec & " /c " & 'netsh interface set interface name="Local Area Connection" newname="Public"', "", @SW_HIDE)

But...I cannot do this unless I can determine which is the correct connection. any ideas?


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Hi.

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But...I cannot do this unless I can determine which is the correct connection. any ideas?

Not sure, if this will help you, but you could check the output of devcon.exe

devcon find *

For a Win XP PC the NIC entries look like this:

ROOT\MS_PSCHEDMP\0000 -> clear text name

ROOT\MS_PSCHEDMP\0001 -> clear text name

ROOT\MS_PSCHEDMP\0002 -> clear text name

Regards, Rudi.


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I wanted to be able to run some configuration commands, such as:

Run(@ComSpec & " /c " & 'netsh interface set interface name="Local Area Connection" newname="Public"', "", @SW_HIDE)

But...I cannot do this unless I can determine which is the correct connection. any ideas?

See if this will help. May need some tweaking.

Global $objWMIService, $strIPAddress , $wbemFlagReturnImmediately, $wbemFlagForwardOnly, $NetConnectionID, $Index
Global $strComputer = @ComputerName

$objWMIService = ObjGet("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & $strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
If $objWMIService = 0 Then
    MsgBox(0, "WMI Error", "Please Fix WMI")

ElseIf $objWMIService <> 0 Then
    _GetIndex()

EndIf

Func _GetIndex()
    ;Gets Index Address based on IPAddress
    $colItems = $objWMIService.ExecQuery('SELECT * FROM Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration Where IPEnabled=TRUE', "WQL", $wbemFlagReturnImmediately + $wbemFlagForwardOnly)
    If IsObj($colItems) Then
        For $objItem In $colItems
            $strIPAddress = $objItem.IPAddress(0)
            $IpAddressLen = StringLeft($strIPAddress, 3)
            If $IpAddressLen = "192" Then
                $strIndex = $objItem.Index
                If StringLen($strIndex) = 1 Then $Index = "000" & $strIndex
                If StringLen($strIndex) = 2 Then $Index = "00" & $strIndex
                _NetConnectionID()
                MsgBox(0, "Network Name", $NetConnectionID)

            EndIf
        Next
    EndIf
EndFunc   ;==>_GetIndex

Func _NetConnectionID()
    ;Gets NetConnectionID, ie 'Local Area Connection'
    $colItems = $objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM Win32_NetworkAdapter where Index=" & $Index, "WQL", $wbemFlagReturnImmediately + $wbemFlagForwardOnly)
    If IsObj($colItems) Then
        For $objItem In $colItems
            $NetConnectionID = $objItem.NetConnectionID
        Next
    Else
    EndIf
EndFunc   ;==>_NetConnectionID

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