Promiscuous mode in Microsoft_Windows_NDIS_PacketCapture provider is not supported on Windows Server 2012 R2

Applies to: Windows Server 2012 R2 DatacenterWindows Server 2012 R2 StandardWindows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

This article describes a hotfix that enables the promiscuous mode configuration on an Ethernet adapter through a Windows PowerShell command on Windows Server 2012 R2. Before you install this hotfix, check out the Prerequisites section.

About this hotfix

After you install this hotfix, the inbox Microsoft_Windows_NDIS_PacketCapture provider is updated so that it can enable the promiscuous mode capture configuration on an Ethernet adapter. Additionally, the Add-NetEventNetworkAdapter Windows PowerShell command takes a new promiscuousmode parameter to enable or disable promiscuous mode on the given network adapter.

For more information, run get-help Add-NetEventNetworkAdapter in a Windows PowerShell Command Prompt window, or see Add-NetEventNetworkAdapter.

How to obtain this hotfix

To resolve this issue, we have released a hotfix. Although this issue was observed only in Windows Server 2012 R2, the hotfix also applies to Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

Important Do not install a language pack after you install this hotfix. If you do install a language pack, the language-specific changes in the hotfix will not be applied, and you will have to reinstall the hotfix. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, go to the following Microsoft website: Note The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.


To apply this hotfix, you must have April 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) installed on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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