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Rename Ethernet Adapter in Server 2012 R2

I was having trouble renaming my single Ethernet adapter because I had added and removed the NIC a few times during VM testing. The name of the NIC in Network and Sharing Center was “Ethernet 2” and I wanted it to be named “Ethernet”. I like things neat.

When I tried to rename the adapter I got an error stating that there was already an adapter with that name. I knew I only had one virtual NIC attached to this VM so I knew it had to be a leftover somewhere.

I tried to use PowerShell to rename the adapter but had no luck – it also indicated that “Ethernet” was already in use.

I did a search on the registry for “Ethernet” and after some digging found what I was looking for:


In a subkey of the Network key I found “Ethernet” and deleted it. Then I rebooted and was able to rename my “Ethernet 2” to “Ethernet”.

Registry setting after rename operation
Registry setting after rename operation

Hyper-V Live Migration Error

A while back I encountered this error when trying to Live Migrate a VM from my Hyper-V 2012 Cluster to the new Hyper-V 2012 R2 Cluster.

You might  be asking why I was running Hyper-V 2012 in the first place…

I just happened to start upgrading our Hyper-V 2008 R2 Cluster after Windows Server 2012 was released, and then Windows Server 2012 R2 was released with some very much improved features. So I had a few VMs on the 2012 Cluster that needed to be moved to 2012 R2. It was a great time-saver to be able to Live Migrate from 2012 –> 2012 R2 (well, if I could get it working).

The error message when trying to LM a VM:

"The virtual machine cannot be moved to the destination computer. The hardware on the destination computer is not compatible with the hardware requirements of this virtual machine. Virtual machine migration failed at migration source."

I found this one fairly easily but it took a little bit of time.

When comparing my 2012 node to my 2012 R2 node I noticed that the Virtual Switches were named differently. Apparently for Live Migration this will cause an issue, at least in 2012 –> 2012 R2.

After renaming the Virtual Switches to match, the Live Migration completed successfully:

A Happy Live Migration
A Happy Live Migration