Setting up firewall on Windows 2003 Domain server

Posted on 2006-06-07
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Last Modified: 2010-04-18

Currently, I have all the computers using the domain server on windows server 2003.  Up until now, we did not have windows firewall enabled on the domain server.  However, for security reasons, we need to enable the firewall.  I found the following link:


and enabled following ports

Server Port      Service
135/TCP      RPC *
389/TCP/UDP      LDAP
53/TCP/UDP      DNS
88/TCP/UDP      Kerberos
445/TCP      SMB

However, when someone tries to login, the screen gets stuck at "Applying COmputer settings" with firewall enabled.  If i disable the firewall, users are able to login instantly.

I know i am probably missing something small.

Thank you for reading/replying to the post.

- akshah123
Question by:akshah123
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Jay_Jay70 earned 1000 total points
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Hi akshah123,

just for the record, windows firewall is a bucket of crap........it isnt worth the trouble, its a poor excuse for a firewall and you would be much better off optimising the firewall on your router if available


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