Hi all, wonder if you can help me.
I work for a small company and just had our server upgraded to SBS 2008. When i add any new computers which use winXP the firewall on each work station is on but is graded out saying it is controlled by the group policy. The problem is we have a hardware firewall so don’t want these turned on but even though i have administrator rights i can change the firewall settings. Can someone let me know how i can do this?
You will need to go onto the SBS box and into Group Policy Management console, then modify the settings there to disable the WinXP firewall. If you don’t have permission, get your network admin or support company to do it
But why would you want to do that? There is no connection usually between the hardware firewall and the software firewall in XP!
Example: Desktop gets infected with a worm which uses mail address book and SMTP engine to blast spam to the net. Does your hardware firewall block everyone except SBS2008 from using SMTP to the net?
The XP firewall is there for a reason and is well handled by SBS group policy.