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Is there a way to configure the ports that you want open on SP2 at install time?

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Is there a way to configure the ports that you want open on SP2 at install time?

Thanks in advance!

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what are you trying to do exacly?
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I have 70 systems that use norton anti virus corporate that use 2 UDP ports, a database program that conencts to a government system - needs ports open, Liveperson - needs 80 + 443 listening, and probably a couple I don't remember but will find out soon enough!

I use SUS for the updates and will use it for SP2.  I don't want to have to go to every system and knock open ports for that user.  I want to specify a list of ports to open (about 25 total) and have the firewall install with the specified ports opened up after restart.

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by sp2 i assume you mean windows XP SP2??
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by:makana
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I assume that you want some specified ports to be opened after you start windows and those ports too
be guarded by any fwall.

To avoid going to each of the machines for Remote Assistance:

Use Real VNC (free)
or use Windows XP's Remote desktop sharing.

You can easily block/open specific ports upon the start of Windows/any OS. Any Firewall like ZA or Sygate has the option
to enable/disable certain ports and do make this settings as default.

Makana
A+ MCP ccna2

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by:zenportafino
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Solved by myself.  Using the GPO editor for server 2003 you can configure ports and many other settings for the firewall/security client installed by XP SP2.  You can download the new editor and use it with server 2000 but it will make somewhat of a mess cause win2k servers can't read the long strings that are part of the new ADM templates.

IF the new editor connects to your win2k AD it will see that the new templates exist and automatically upload them to your existing AD!  Everytime you go to edit that policy (the whole policy, not just the new settings) you will get a benign warning that you can press OK to and again and agian (50 times no kidding)

Short version - If running win 2k AD you can configure the firewall via group policy but it will look and feel like a mess.  Only install the new editor and templates if running 2K3 AD.
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