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Does VMWare have a firewall built in? Trying to install ISA 2006

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We have recently installed VMWare ESX 3.5, I think. An outside consultant set it up for us. I've installed ISA 2006 (for web proxy only) on a Windows 2003 Server virtual machine. I cannot get ISA to work - someone here on EE said that ESX may have a built in firewall that could block traffic? Is this true and if so how do I administer this ESX firewall or disable it. Thanks for all the help.
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By default, ESX Server has IP Tables.
In order to disable firewall, type service firewall stop
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Hi cb_it,

Yes ESX 3.5 has a built in firewall and  you can turn it of totally or for incoming connections only or for outbound connections only.

refer to this link

http://www.esxguide.com/esx/content/view/20/25/

The syntax example is available on this EE post

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_23674470.html

if you want to turn off the firewall for all incoming and outgoing connections you can type

esxcfg-firewall --allowincoming
esxcfg-firewall --allowoutgoing

The above will turn of the esx firewall totally

for additional help you can type

esxcfg-firewall ? this will give you all the available options to configure the firewall on the esx.

if you have Virtual center/VI client then you can manage the firewall from the GUI.

Bhanu
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I have the VI Client 2.5 installed on my desktop. I can see that under 'Configuration' there is an option for Security Profile where you can make changes to the firewall. What changes would I make here to enable ISA 2006 to work - to let users browse the web. Thanks.
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Hi,

from the client it gives you very limited options. The best would be to use the esxcfg-firewall command from the command line and exclude the specific ports for the ISA server or disable the firewall totally.

bhanu
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