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Enable ping in Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 2012

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The firewall of Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 2012 closes ICMP replies by default. You can enable the ping command with following steps:

1) Go to Start

2) Open a command prompt

3) Type in the following:

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8

Test it out, the server should be pingable now!

To disable it again, you enter this command:

netsh firewall set icmpsetting 8 disable