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Group Policy - Windows Firewall... Does nothing

Posted on 2006-06-21
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The title says it all. I have firewall set to disable in the group policy, after using gpupdate the computer clearly picks up the group policy but the firewall remains changable and on. I figured this would be straightforward, guess not. The firewall is disabled in domain and standard. It was tested on a brand new XP SP2 computer with all updates. Any ideas?
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by:Jay_Jay70
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you will need to restart your machine for this setting to kick in as it alters a service
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by:danfratus
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Tried that, tried logging off.
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by:Jay_Jay70
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run a gpresult and see if the policy is being filtered out
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wait, how did you configure this, computer config yes? are you applying to the computers OU
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by:Rob Williams
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Is it Small Business Server by any chance? If so there is a specific GPO called "Small Business Server Windows Firewall" that needs to be configured.
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by:danfratus
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ok, so its specified in the OU for the group policy i am in... it simply does not pick up the firewall settings at all for some reason...
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if you are hitting computer settings make sure the computers are in the OU...same for users.......i know i know! don't yell! you would be surprised at how often this happens!

however, besides that, often the windows firewall needs to be disable manually and group policy doesnt quite cut it, sure it will keep it disabled but once applied, but often you need to hit it manually first....good huh!
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by:danfratus
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thanks Jay Jay, adding the computer fixed it. I guess that *kinda* makes sense...
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lol! good good :) cheers!
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