Enable Network Discovery In Windows 10 Creators Edition Without Using The netsh Command In PowerShell

#Enable Network Discovery In Windows 10 Creator Edition Without Using The netsh Command In PowerShell

#It is as simple as enabling  the preconfigured rule in Windows Firewall to enable Network Discovery in Windows 10 Creators Edition and Windows 10 Anniversary Edition but using netsh is the old fashion way.

#Run just this one command in an elevated PowerShell prompt to enable Network Discovery

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled true -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#The Longer Story…

#Enabling the Network Discovery services it what makes the Network icon (formally My Network Places) work properly. These commands all work in both PowerShell and PowerShell Direct.

#Get Firewall rules for Network Discovery

#This command shows the individual rules and the network connection profiles that  are explicitly enabled and disabled for Network Discovery.

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#Enable Network Discovery for Private and Domain network profiles

#Enable the Network Discovery service for the Private and Domain network profiles by applying the preconfigured Windows Firewall group rule called Network Discovery by typing this:

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Profile 'Private, Domain' -Enabled true -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#▲It will look like that in the GUI setup when Network Discovery is enabled.

#Set Network Connection Profile to Private.

#I set the variable $InterfaceAlias to automatically query my primary network interface or NIC. The -NlMtuBytes 1500 switch is what makes it work. If you have changed the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) from the defaults then this command will need to be modified:

$InterfaceAlias = (Get-NetIPInterface -AddressFamily IPv4 -ConnectionState Connected -NlMtuBytes 1500 -Verbose) #this works for me to automatically identify my nic - mtu 1500 may vary
Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex $InterfaceAlias.ifIndex -NetworkCategory Private -PassThru #change network connection profile to private

#Disable Network Discovery for all network profiles

#Run this command to disable Network Discovery on all network profiles if you do not wish to keep the service available.

Get-NetFirewallRule -DisplayGroup 'Network Discovery'|Set-NetFirewallRule -Enabled false -PassThru|select Name,DisplayName,Enabled,Profile|ft -a

#▲It will look like that in the GUI setup when Network Discovery is disabled.

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