Windows Firewall

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    Hi guys,

    On win 2003 server SP1 the firewall in not enable by default. My newbe:confused: question is; is it ok to enable the firewall on servers hosting SQL, Exchange, Terminal Services if you have a network firewall (a router for example). What are the best practices?…
    Thank you.
    Regards,

    Florin

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    polke
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    #285306

    Re: Windows Firewall

    Why would you want to do that?
    It doesn’t make any scence to me :)

    #277304

    Re: Windows Firewall

    Hi,

    It’s just a hypothetical question. I’m a student and I’m trying a few things in a lab, so…it’s a testing environment. I was just asking for an opinion and guidelines/best practices.
    Thank you.
    Regards,

    Florin

    JeremyW
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    #267785

    Re: Windows Firewall

    Florin Robete wrote:
    is it ok to enable the firewall on servers hosting SQL, Exchange, Terminal Services if you have a network firewall (a router for example).

    Yes, it can be done but you’ll need to configure exceptions for those services.

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    What are the best practices?…

    I think you’ll find that most will say to use hardware firewalls which is my advise as well. As for what kind, well that varies greatly depending on application, environment, and budget.

    #277306

    Re: Windows Firewall

    Thank you, Jeremy. I appreciate it.

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    danielp
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    Re: Windows Firewall

    If you’re looking to harden the server you CAN use the FW, just make sure you allow all relevant traffic.

    On the other hand, for hardening the server, why not use the Security Configuration Wizard (in case the server is R2)?

    #277307

    Re: Windows Firewall

    Thank you, Daniel.

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