Its really hard to use WSL2 like a linux box due to how hard it is to make incoming connections from other machines to your WSL instance.
Well a new an hidden feature in the latest WSL preview fixes that. You will need at least version 0.51.2.0 to implement bridging to the host. Here is how to implement it.
- issue the wsl –shutdown command
- install a new virtual switch using Hyper-V say wsl-switch
- to %userprofile%\.wslconfig add the following (if the file doesn’t exist create it)
[wsl2] networkingMode=bridged vmSwitch=wsl-switch
Now when you restart WSL you will have a bridge session. This has also be known to cure some of the weird network issues seen with WSL where network connectivity stops working, no DNS connectivity – without the need for messing with scripts and config files. YMMV