[OPSWAT] [Metadefender] How to disable IPv6 on Server 2012

Modified on Sun, 9 Jul, 2017 at 1:07 PM


MD Core server issues an error of maximum clients connected to the server (100), while only working with several.


This is an issue with the MD Core software and IPv6 on the server


You can disable IPv6 on the host computer through the DisabledComponents registry value. The DisabledComponents registry value affects all network interfaces on the host.

Important :
Follow the steps in this section carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

To disable certain IPv6 components, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit.exe in the Programs list.
  2. In the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
  3. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry subkey:


  4. Double-click DisabledComponents to change the DisabledComponents entry.

    Note If the DisabledComponents entry is unavailable, you must create it. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
    2. Type DisabledComponents, and then press Enter.
    3. Double-click DisabledComponents.
  5. Type any of the following values in the Value data field to configure the IPv6 protocol to the intended state, and then click OK:
    1. Type 0 to re-enable all IPv6 components (Windows default setting).
    2. Type 0xff to disable all IPv6 components except the IPv6 loopback interface. This value also configures Windows to prefer using IPv4 over IPv6 by changing entries in the prefix policy table. For more information, see Source and destination address selection.
    3. Type 0x20 to prefer IPv4 over IPv6 by changing entries in the prefix policy table.
    4. Type 0x10 to disable IPv6 on all nontunnel interfaces (both LAN and Point-to-Point Protocol [PPP] interfaces).
    5. Type 0x01 to disable IPv6 on all tunnel interfaces. These include Intra-Site Automatic Tunnel Addressing Protocol (ISATAP), 6to4, and Teredo.
    6. Type 0x11 to disable all IPv6 interfaces except for the IPv6 loopback interface.

Use the DisabledComponents registry value to verify whether IPv6 is disabled. To do this, run the following command at a Windows command prompt: 

reg query HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters /v DisabledComponents 

When you do this, you may receive the following error message:

ERROR: The system was unable to find the specified registry key or value.

If you receive this error message, the DisabledComponents registry value is not set. If the DisabledComponents value is set, it overrides the settings in the connection properties.

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