On a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials I have two identical network cards. Both cards are connected to the same switch and the two switch ports are configured to the same VLAN. The network interfaces have different IP addresses on the same subnet:

Interface 1:
Interface 2:

route print (shortened to the relevant lines) tells the following:   On-link    276   On-link    276   On-link    276   On-link    276   On-link    276   On-link    276

I need to make sure, that connections initiated by this machine to other nodes on the subnet (outgoing connections) use the second interface (the one with the IP Incoming connections shall be possible on both interfaces.

What I already tried:

  • I changed the order of the interfaces in the Adapter Settings/Advanced/Advanced Settings Dialog Changed Priorities - Interface 1 was first before

  • I tried to manually change the interface metric under the Interface Settings/TCPIPv4/Advanced

Both ways did not make outgoing connections to use the second interface.

What can I do to give Interface 2 a higher priority for outgoing connections?

2 Answers 2


After some extra trial-and-error, using the Adapter Settings/Advanced/Advanced Settings dialog was the right approach, and led to the result I needed. All that was missing was a reboot after changing the settings.

For all those with the same problem:

  • Open the "Network and Sharing Center" and open the Adapter properties.
  • Press the "Alt" key to get the menu strip, click on "Advanced" and "Advanced Settings"

You'll see this dialog:

Settings Dialog

Use the arrows next to the first list to sort your adapters. The first adapter in the list has the highest priority. These settings do not change the way incoming connections are handled.

There's no need to touch the metric settings of the interfaces. They work in automatic mode perfectly.

You might need to reboot to get the settings applied.

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    Thanks! Incredible how unintuitive it is to find this setting. Apr 10, 2017 at 8:24

There is another way to do it, with interface 'metric' values :

  1. From your network card interface properties.
  2. Click on IPv4 and then properties.
  3. Click on advanced button.
  4. Set metric values. Lower values mean higher priority.

So, you need to set a value of 1 for higher priority card and something like 20 to lower priority card.

Source : http://techsultan.com/set-different-default-network-card-windows-2012-server/

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