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2008 Server - Outbound Ping works... Inbound traffic doesn't

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I have a stack of new servers that I plan on using as domain controllers. I've installed 2008 on them and have begun the basic build. Today, I noticed that I couldn't browse to the hidden C$ share on one of them... so I tried to ping it... no go. I then went to the questionable server and was able to ping everything under the sun. I then went to the other servers in that stack and all but two responded to Pings. Those two that wouldn't respond to Pings could Ping outbound just fine. They are all plugged into the same switch.

Given that I could ping out, I decided to turn off Windows Firewall and give inbound another try. Still nothing. I changed network cables and the switch ports... still nothing. Pinging by name shows the correct IP address, but by name or not... it's still dead.

All servers in the stack have joined the new domain, fyi.
Any ideas?
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Turning off the Firewall in Windows 2008 and Vista cuases all sorts of problems. (Usually can't connect to anything, not sure if this is by design or a glitch) What you want to do is to go into the Firewall Manager and add the exceptions for everything you want to allow.
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Maybe there's a Network Center like in Vista. There are some policy settings
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I figured it out... By going into Services.MSC first, stopping and disabling Windows Firewall, I caused the issue.

The workaround is:

Upon logging on, the "Initial Configuration Tasks" window pops open asking you to configure things. One of the customizations is "Configure Windows Firewall." By turning Windows Firewall off in there first, I was then able to stop and disable the service via Services.MSC.
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