Binding and Unbinding Network Services To Specific Protocols in Windows 10

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Binding and Unbinding Network Services To Specific Protocols in Windows 10

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Added by November 9, 2015

If you’re like me, you have more than one network connection on your PC. For example, my desktop computer has two wired Ethernet adapters and one Wi-Fi adapter. And those are just the physical adapters… there are also virtual adapters for remote access and virtualization.

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Some of these adapters are connected to internal resources, and some to external networks. And because I test and experiment with my PC, those connections change periodically.

To optimize my protocol use, as well as force specific protocols when I need to test different connectivity options, I sometimes want to bind or unbind TCP/IP v4 or v6 to a network connection. This is how I accomplish that in Windows 10. The setting is somewhat hidden and difficult to locate, so you might want to bookmark this one.

First, fire up Control Panel. The old, classic Control Panel, not the Settings menu. I usually do this my pressing Windows + R, typing Control, and then pressing Enter.

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Next click on Network and Sharing Center.

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In Network and Sharing Center, in the left-hand column, click Change adapter settings. This will show you the Network Connections interface.

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The option is here. But it’s hidden. To unhide it, tap the Alt key. You’ll see the menu bar unhide itself.

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Now click the Advanced menu and you can select Advanced Settings. This shows you the Advanced Settings dialog.

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Now, to bind or unbind protocols to services, first click the connection that you want to modify. Then, under Bindings, check or uncheck the options. Checked is bound, unchecked is unbound. As you can see, you can independently bind and unbind protocols like TCP/IPv6 and TCP/IPv4 from any registered network service. Then click OK and you’re done!

Enjoy!

Mike Danseglio – CISSP, MCSE, and CEH

Mike Danseglio teaches IT Security Training, Windows, System Center and Windows Server 2012 classes at Interface Technical Training. His classes are available in Phoenix, AZ and online with RemoteLive™.

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