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firewall on the windows 2003 server makes windows xp workstation to login slowly

Hi experts,

When i turn off the firewall the login seems to work very fast. But when i turn it on , it takes 3 to 4 mins to login.  The windows xp workstations are in the domain of the wndows 2003 server. it takes huge time to authenticate when i switch on the firewall. I would be happy if you guys could give me some ideas.

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Don't use the built-in firewall on Server.  Unless you know every exception you need for domain communication you should simply turn it off.

As long as your perimeter is secure then there isn't a lot of risk.

sundeepgopalAuthor Commented:
don't you think if I open it  to the internet world , there will be every possibility of hacking the system. Is there any other firewall i could use other than the built-in one?  if so please let me know the software ...
You could use an external firewall, such as one which is built into a router.  This way, the internet traffic passes through the router and firewall before it reaches your interal network, or server.  Thus, your server will still be protected when you turn off your windows firewall, and will decrease your login time.
You should have a perimeter firewall in place - such as a router or PIX.  I wouldn't depend on the built-in firewall to protect you from the Internet.

You can use ISA, Winproxy or similar if you want to go the software route.

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