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I have a big problem on my Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 SP2 non-R2:

There is no ping to Request timeout. Ping to ::1 (localhost on IPv6) is still alive.

I mean, server has no interface at all! So ping absence is just a tip of an iceberg..

I found that problem appears after starting Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS). I have next configuration there:

  • 1 NIC called LAN (
  • 1 NIC called WAN (
  • and a persistent PPPoE connection to internet over it called Inet

And one static route making Inet to be default route: mask metric 1

After starting server, can be pinged. After starting RAS server - not.

Has anybody the same problem? How can it be fixed? I was asking the same question on TechNet but got no answer.

Here is route print -4 output:

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Can you post the full output of route print? Is it possible to ping the server from another system? What are the firewall settings like? – pehrs Jan 1 '10 at 13:56
Granted that you should be able to ping, but why is it such a big problem? is a loopback address and shouldn't affect networking on the server otherwise. – joeqwerty Jan 1 '10 at 16:27
I need localhost because many server applications binds themselves to, e.g. MySQL, Tomcat in VMware Server, etc – abatishchev Jan 1 '10 at 19:40
Thanks for interesting in my question. I have edited my post. Only default Windows Firewall. Turning it off doesn't helped. Pinging all other interfaces (::1,,, goes fine! o_O – abatishchev Jan 1 '10 at 19:44
joeqwerty, the number of things that rely on the loopback interface is massive, MySQL and Tomcat are just two of them. – Mark Henderson Jan 1 '10 at 22:06
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netsh int ip reset

has fixed the issue!

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The interface can come from your hosts file. It's well worth checking to see if it exists. I don't quite know how RRAS would change this, but it still deserves checking.

Open up the file %SYSTEMDRIVE%\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts in notepad and see if there is a line:       localhost

If there isn't add it. It might fix all your problems. It's not ideal, but it should be a sufficient bandaid.

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Hi. Thanks for answer. I think it's better to say that name localhost comes from the hosts file. Without it only IP addresses exists. But I can be wrong. Hosts file on the server contains both records. I have already checked it. – abatishchev Jan 2 '10 at 22:19
Sorry, you're right about the wording. The 'name', not the interface. My mistake! – Mark Henderson Jan 3 '10 at 0:01

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