Windows Server 2008: Default Gateway disappears upon Reboot, every time

I had a battle with a Windows Server 2008 machine. It’s TCP/IP default gateway disappears upon reboot. I tried to retype the default gateway and reboot many times. It seemed like a strange issue.

I found this forum discussion here. Essence of the discussion is TCP/IP stack or file might be corrupted and the solution is to reset the TCP/IP stack. This is also explained in this MSKB-299357.

If above links are not working, following the instructions below.

  • To open a command prompt, click Start and then click Run. Copy and paste (or type) the following command in the Open box and then press ENTER:


  • At the command prompt, copy and paste (or type) the following command and then press ENTER:

    netsh int ip reset c:resetlog.txt

  • Reboot the server and re-type the IP address if it is static address.

  • Note If you do not want to specify a directory path for the log file, use the following command:

    netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt



    Optionally you can also reset the winsock with the following command:

    netsh winsock reset catalog

    Hope this helps you when you need it.



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