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Advanced XP firewall control in a domain setting

Posted on 2007-11-21
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Here's the situation.  I have a number of LAN users inside our hardware firewall, and a number of remote users that are occasionally connected via VPN (if not on VPN they are on someone else's network).

I'm looking for a way to disable the XP firewall on all the LAN users (easy, global policy...), and disable the XP firewall on the remote users ONLY when they are connected to our network.  I can't install any non-standard software on the remote user's machines (microsoft updates / components are ok).  The domain controller is running Windows Server 2003.  Any ideas or solutions?  Thanks!
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The way to do this is by creating two groups and using group policies.  Try reading this as a primer -
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457149.aspx
Also, this isn't a bad article for instructions (even though it is written for a specific university, it works anywhere) -
http://www.utexas.edu/its/support/topics/disable-wfw.php
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Here is another good article with specifics -
http://www.bookpool.com/ct/165
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Sorry it took so long, I had forgotten about this until the administrative comment.  I figured out that there is a specific setting that lets you control the firewall depending on whether or not the user is in contact with the domain.  Thanks for the pointers.
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