How To Enable TCP/IP Forwarding in Windows Server 2003

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By default, TCP/IP forwarding is turned off (disabled) in Windows Server 2003. This article describes how to enable TCP/IP forwarding on a Windows Server 2003-based computer.

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Enabling TCP/IP Forwarding

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  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
  2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:

  3. Set the following registry values:

    Value Name: IPEnableRouter
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value Data: 1

    NOTE: A value of 1 turns on (enables) TCP/IP forwarding for all network connections installed and used by this computer.
  4. Quit Registry Editor.