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How To Enable TCP/IP Forwarding in Windows 2000

This article was previously published under Q230082
Notice
This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
Notice
This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
SUMMARY
Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) forwarding is disabled by default in Windows 2000. This article describes how to enable TCP/IP forwarding on a Windows 2000-based computer.Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows


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Enabling TCP/IP Forwarding

  1. Use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to view the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters
  2. Set the following registry value:
    Value Name: IPEnableRouter
    Value type: REG_DWORD
    Value Data: 1
    NOTE: A value of 1 enables TCP/IP forwarding for all network connections installed and used by this computer.

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REFERENCES
For additional information about TCP/IP forwarding, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
140859 TCP/IP Routing Basics for Windows NT
169415 Routing and Remote Access Release Notes Readme.doc File
169548 Using Proxy Server with Routing and Remote Access


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Article ID: 230082 - Last Review: 10/30/2006 18:16:45 - Revision: 3.5

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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