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I've been trying to enable or disable a NIC on Windows 2003 Server from a Windows 2008 Server PC. After googling around a bit, the command should be something like this:

netsh -r remotecomputer interface set interface "interface name" disabled

But when I try it, I get this error: "The newname and enable/disable option for LAN interfaces is not valid when administrating a remote machine".

I have admin access on both systems, and they are on the same LAN.

Anybody knows the right way to do it?

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once you remotely disable it, how would you remotely enable it? – Keltari Sep 12 '13 at 14:41
I think we're assuming that he's a good little administrator and has out of band access methods to get back into it. – PsychoData Sep 12 '13 at 14:42
I'm pretty sure that's by design. You might want to try Psexec and the command "locally". – Moses Sep 12 '13 at 14:43
@Keltari as PsychoData said I have more than one NIC on the remote PC. I thought I could use one of the others to disable and bring back the one I need – Sep 12 '13 at 14:57
@moses I was able to enable and disable the NIC using Psexec: psexec.exe \\remotecomputer netsh interface set interface "interfacename" disabled if you make it an answer I'll be glad to accept it – Sep 12 '13 at 15:10
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By design, turning off a NIC is disallowed when done remotely.

Running with Psexec essentially runs the command as a local user, to bypass this restriction.

psexec.exe \remotecomputer netsh interface set interface "interfacename" disabled

If you need credentials:

psexec.exe \remotecomputer -u username -p password netsh interface set interface "interfacename" disabled

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I'm pretty sure this is a "by design" feature to prevent you from locking yourself out. I remember running into a similar issue years ago.

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This would make a good comment, but you don't provide any kind of a solution in this answer. Once you have more rep you will be able to comment on other questions – Scott Chamberlain Sep 12 '13 at 15:42

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