Enable IPv6 forwarding

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable IPv6 forwarding

  1. Open Command Prompt.

  2. At the command prompt, type netsh, and then press ENTER.

  3. Type interface ipv6, and then press ENTER.

  4. Type set interface [interface=]String [forwarding=]enabled


  • [ interface=] String
    Specifies the interface name or index.
  • [ forwarding=] enabled
    Specifies whether packets arriving on this interface can be forwarded to other interfaces. The default is disabled.


  • To open a command prompt, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command prompt.

  • You can also send Router Advertisement messages by adding the advertise parameter to the command, as follows:

    set interface [interface=]String [forwarding=]enabled [advertise=]enabled

  • Additional parameters are available for this command. For more information, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


IPv6 routing
IPv6 utilities
The IPv6 routing table
Add an IPv6 route
Remove an IPv6 route
View the IPv6 routing table
Configure interface attributes