Hyper V Virtual Ethernet Adapter looses default gateway server 2016

Nikita Baranov 1 Reputation point


I have a Hyper-V host server with 2 physical NICs running Windows Server 2016 with one virtual machine on board. My virtual machine is a Kerio Control OS and I have 2 virtual external switches enabled in Hyper-V. The first switch is used as Kerio external Interface and second one for Kerio trusted interface and connectivity of a physical host with an internal network. All interfaces on both physical and virtual machines are configured with static IPs. The problem is that some times vNIC on a host machine is loosing it's gateway setting with no reason (it becomes empty). When manually adding a gateway back is starts working again.

Could you please kindly advise on what can be the reason behind.
Thank you!

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  1. Dave Patrick 426.2K Reputation points MVP

    The virtual machine shouldn't have any impact on this. I'd just check there weren't gateways on both host network adapters as windows would not like this condition.

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  2. Xiaowei He 9,876 Reputation points


    Do you mean after using the physical NIC to create the virtual switch, the gateway on the physical NIC is lost?

    When you create a virtual switch on a physical network card on Hyper-V, ALL protocols are removed from that NIC and replaced with Microsoft's extensible switch protocol. The behavior is expected and normal. We don't need to add back the gateway on the physical NIC.


    Thanks for your time!
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