Windows 2008 virtual machines lose their Gateway IP address after rebooting

I was working on a Windows 2008 Server in an segmented network. This was a fresh new installation of Windows 2008. After a reboot the server was not reachable from another VLan. After some troubleshooting I found the problem. The gateway address has disappeared. Strange, so I started searching on the internet and I found an Knowledgebase article at the VMware site describing my problem, this is VMware KB1016878.


  • After every reboot, Windows 2008 virtual machines lose their Gateway IP address.
  • Gateway IP address is lost or reset after rebooting


This issue may occur if there is a problem with the registry keys DefaultGateway and DefaultGatewayMetric.

Microsoft has identified this issue and has released a hotfix. For more information and to download the hotfix, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 973243.

To work around this issue:

  1. From the Windows Registry Editor, navigate to HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet/Services/Tcpip/Parameters/Interfaces/%CLSID%.
  2. Check the DefaultGateway and DefaultGatewayMetric keys for issues. For example:
  • Remove any newline feeds before the correct default gateway IP
  • If the address is missing, add it manually.

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Marco works for ViaData as a Senior Technical Consultant. He has over 15 years experience as a system engineer and consultant, specialized in virtualization. VMware VCP4, VCP5-DC & VCP5-DT. VMware vExpert 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016. Microsoft MCSE & MCITP Enterprise Administrator. Veeam VMSP, VMTSP & VMCE.