Network and Computer Policies & Procedures

Firewall Configuration

 

Local Computer:

Windows Firewall was first introduced as part of Windows XP Service Pack 2. It was incorporated into Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. Every version of Windows (both Server and Workstation) since has it included.

As part of the standard installation, the Windows Firewall is turned On (with exceptions allowed). Computers that are in the SC or BFS Active Directories have Group Policy set up so that further configuration on these computers is not necessary. Stand alone computers and computers in the UWM Active Directory should be set up to match the domain GPO settings listed below unless specifically they are specifically required to be different by the software running on those computers.

Group Policy in place on SC & BFS Active Directories:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> Network Connections -> Windows Firewall -> Domain Profile:

Windows Firewall: Allow file and printer sharing exceptions Enabled
Windows Firewall: Allow Remote Desktop exceptions Enabled


Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Network -> Network Connections -> Windows Firewall -> Standard Profile:

Windows Firewall: Allow file and printer sharing exceptions Enabled
Windows Firewall: Allow Remote Desktop exceptions Enabled


Other Exceptions:

Requests for other exceptions can be made on a per-computer basis to the Systems Department if software/hardware on a specific computer requires other exceptions to be made in order to function properly.

last reviewed: 02/15/2010
last revised: 02/12/2010