Error Renaming Network Card
After installing KB2521220 on a server I noticed that my NICs no longer had static IP addresses & were picking up IP addresses from DHCP. Digging a little deeper I noticed that the NICs were all identified as new devices. Kind of like if you were to move a NIC from one slot to the other. It’s the same NIC but the OS identified it as a new device.
I open Network Connections (ncpa.cpl) & see that the two NICs I had renamed are back to the default (Local Area Connection, Local Area Connection 2, etc.). I right click to rename the first one & get an error that says, “Cannot rename this connection. A connection with the name you specified already exists. Specify a different name.”
I do a little Binging (yeah, I said it) & come across KB269155. It basically talks about orphaned devices & how to remove them. Following Method 1 in the article I see the six orphaned NICs.
- From a command prompt type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
- Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).
- Click View>Show hidden devices.