Administering the Windows Firewall with Windows Server 2008 Group Policy

by Chris Sanders [Published on 10 July 2008 / Last Updated on 10 July 2008]

The windows firewall is now more manageable than ever with the group policy options available for it in Windows Server 2008. Here we discuss how to access these.

Most network administrators have typically disabled the Windows Firewall in the past just because there was no efficient way to manage it. Windows Server 2008 has provided a solution to this with additions to group policy. These group policy settings allow you to manage inbound, outbound, and ipsec filtering on Windows Vista machines.

You can access all of these group policy settings from the Server 2008 group policy management MMC snap in under Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security\Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. Right clicking any of the listed options will allow you to create new rules for the firewall. Remember, these settings can only be used to configure the firewall on Windows Vista systems as most of the options listed are not supported on Windows XP machines.

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The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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