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Windows 2003 Server Domain Controller Firewall Enabled Communication Problems.

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We operate in a W2K3 AD domain.  The domain has two DCs replicating one another.  The Primary DC is W2K3 R2 SP-2, and the alternate DC is W2K3, SP-2.  If I enable the firewall on either of these DCs, FRS will not replicating (Event ID:13508), and clients cannot resolve DNS or possibly RPC connection problems.  I can say that if the firewalls are disabled these problems go away.  I followed the steps as per article KB555381 (How to configure Windows Server 2003 SP1 Firewall for a Domain Controller) on both DCs and the communications problems still exist.  I modified the registry and opened all the suggested ports, enabled the firewalls and rebooted both DCs.  After the reboot and the firewalls enabled the same problems exist.  At this point I disabled the firewalls until we can figure out how to correct the problem.  Any feedback would be appreciated.  
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The recommended way to set this up is to use the Security Configuration WIzard. See http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/security/configwiz/default.mspx
There are lots of links on in the article to detailed information and downloads.
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cmp119,

not sure who wrote this but he has my vote 100%
http://www.howtonetworking.com/donot/2003wf25.htm

Regards,

James
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