Default Gateway Missing after a Reboot

Default Gateway Missing after a Reboot

Applies to:  Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ve had this issue on a couple of Windows Server 2008 virtual machines in a VMWare environment (ESXi 4.1).

I am not sure if it is related to VMWare. However, I could find a fix.

 You enter a default gateway and the gateway disappears after a reboot – it simply disappears !!!

This is how I fixed:



 Navigate to the following key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces”, select the interface that is missing the default gateway. You can identify which interface by the IP Address entry. Create a new STRING value in the selected interface key.


Name: DefaultGateway

Value: enter the IP Address of the gateway; in this case it was

Post editing registry, I Rebooted the Server; I did not have any more issues with the gateway disappearing. I Opened up the properties of the network connection and I could see the gateway listed. 

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  • Santosh Bhandarkar edited Revision 1. Comment: Title update  

  • Thanks !

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  • on Xenapp server, did the same , validated ip settings, recreatelhc and it worked.


  • Good to hear that issue has been resolved :-)

  • We should remove many of the tags in this article. Some are being added inadvertently to other articles due to the autocomplete feature. I would suggest we only need "en-US", "Windows Server 2008 R2", "Default Gateway", and "Santosh Bhandarkar". I removed the tag "Windows Server 2008 R2 Default Gateway Issue" because the tag appeared already on 7 other articles that did not even have either of the terms "default" or "gateway" anywhere in the article.

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