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Best Firewall for Windows Server 2003?

Any suggestions as to the best firewell for Windows Server 2003?

The server is behind a NAT-router.

It was running Comodo but I didn't particularly like it.

I tried to get Outpost Pro to work, but it gave BSODs on every boot which I couldn't resolve.
Stuart Oram
Stuart Oram
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Best software firewall - undoubtedly ISA server if cost is not an issue and you want a highly configurable and scaleable corporate solution.

If its a simple network and you want a cheap alternative then Comodo isn't that bad. I use Zone Alarm myself on my home server the only reservation I have is that its got a bit bloated and resource hungry of late - still not a bad product though and does the job well.
Stuart OramIT Technician - Project SitesAuthor Commented:
What OS are you running ZA on? I use it for my client machines but it refused to install on server.
ZA in it's essence isn't a firewall, it's more something like an application monitoring connections from and towards a computer. Also ISA server, again in my opinion, by far isn't the best firewall available. A checkpoint running on secure platform f.e. is way better. If you're going in that direction you might want to stick with the microsoft built in firewall. It pretty much does the same thing without slowing down your machine like ZA does.

But if you want something securing a single server, and if it isn't a corporate environment i'd chose a small network appliance, like the Edge appliances from Watchguard, which are easily configurable by web interface and offer a pretty good security level to a network instead of a device.

Also you might want to check out MS Baseline Security analyser and some hardening guides from microsoft to increase security.

Netscreen 5gt or juniper ssg5 or draytek 3000
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