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  • Disbale Windows Firewall using Group Policy

    Hi all (again!)

    I do have one other challenge with my new 2003 SBS Server.

    I have some users that need to use a cisco VPN client to access another network.

    The users that are using XP, by default, can not turn off their windows firewall.

    When I go into the settings for the firewall the following message is displayed at the top:- "For your security, some settings are controlled by group policy".

    I have looked at the settings on the server in group policys and the option for windows firewall is not choosen - I am afraid I am totally lost as to how to turn off the firewall.

    Once again many many thanks in advance,


  • #2
    Providing none of your clients are using ICS, then just disbale the service in the GPO.

    Create a new GPO on the OU containing your resources.

    Goto Computer Config | Windows Settings | Security Settings | System Services

    And set Windows Firewall / ICS to disabled.

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    • #3
      do this from an XP client with sp2 installed.
      also use from the client the GPMC
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      • #4
        Thank you all very much for your posts,

        I shall give these suggestions a go tomorrow and let you all know.

        Your help is very much appreciated!

        Best Regards