How to open a TCP port on Windows XP SP2 Firewall: multiple computers

Hey guys.  We are in the process of upgrading our Symantec Anti-Virus Network client on one of our servers.  Symantec tech support says that in order for us to be able to do a remote install of Symantec AV on the PCs at my work, we need to create a group policy that will open up TCP port 2967 on the firewall of each PC.  The problem is, Microsoft was unable to successfully help us do this so now we're looking at manually opening this port on each user's firewall unless you guys can find another method.

What we're looking to do is open this port by deploying some kind of program or file or something so that we don't have to visit each PC and do this manually...
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MotoCrazyCommented:
Open the Control Panel --> Windows Firewall --> Exceptions tab --> Add Port button --> name it and specify the port number.
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aloyd18Commented:
Try this...

Use PSEXEC (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/psexec.mspx) to run NoNav.exe on the remote boxes.

NoNav
http://symantec.netvision.net.il/Enterprise/Removal%20tools/
Download the most current .exe or .zip file and install
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MotoCrazyCommented:
This can be done with GPO. The entry is "Windows Firewall: Define program exceptions"
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MotoCrazyCommented:
Sorry, that was programs. This one for ports:
Windows Firewall: Define port exceptions

See article here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457149.aspx
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and235100Commented:
You could script this:

For a new port:
<
Set objFirewall = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwMgr")
Set objPolicy = objFirewall.LocalPolicy.CurrentProfile

Set objPort = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwOpenPort")
objPort.Port = 2967
objPort.Name = "Symantec AV"
objPort.Enabled = FALSE
Set colPorts = objPolicy.GloballyOpenPorts

errReturn = colPorts.Add(objPort)

(if the port was closed, and needs to be opened)
<
Set objFirewall = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwMgr")
Set objPolicy = objFirewall.LocalPolicy.CurrentProfile
Set colPorts = objPolicy.GloballyOpenPorts

Set objPort = colPorts.Item(2967,6)
objPort.Enabled = TRUE
>
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Computer101Commented:
Forced accept.

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