SETTING – Enable and disable windows firewall ICMP packet rule for ping

Due to security concern, by default you are not able to Ping a Windows Server 2008 machine. At first I though there is a problem with my network but actually it’s disabled. To enabled Ping reply from Windows Server 2008, goto Window Firewall with Advance Settings from Administrator Tools menu.

Look inside Inbound Rules, scroll down to File and Printer Sharing, right click and enable this rule. (pic below)

After that the check icon will turn green

For Windows Server Core which does not have any UI, you can enable this rule from the command prompt.

To disable it type

Regional Settings Red Line

GPO – Update Regional Settings

I have received numerous emails asking how to update the regional settings in a GPO or how to make the red line turn green.

If you are here then you know this red line.

Regional Settings Red Line

F5: Mark all settings on the page as “green” (apply all)
F6: Mark current settings on the page as “green” (apply this settings)
F7: Mark current settings as “red” (don’t apply this setting)
F8: Marks all settings on the page as “red” (don’t apply)

GPO Regional Settings Green

F3: Gives a list of available variables.

Regional Settings Options

HOW-TO Show Ghost/Hidden devices in device manager.

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt.
  2. At a command prompt, type the following command , and then press ENTER:
  3. Type the following command a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
  4. Troubleshoot the devices and drivers in Device Manager. NOTE: Click Show hidden devices on the View menu in Device Managers before you can see devices that are not connected to the computer.
  5. When you finish troubleshooting, close Device Manager.
  6. Type exit at the command prompt.