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Is windows firewall secure enough - win 2003 webserver

Hi

I'm looking into a virtual server to host about 30 websites
The host doesn't offer a firewall, so i'm stuck with windows firewall

My questions is, can it be locked down enough to protect the public facing internet, or am i asking for trouble?

My other server sit behind a sonicwall 2040 pro which is great, however, i need to know if win 2003 server firewall can be locked down enough.
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paulCardiff

8/22/2022 - Mon
ryansoto

Its a basic firewall but personally I would not use it to secure my environment.
snusgubben

It's better then nothing, but I would go for something else. Win2003 FW is just a one way packet filter.


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paulCardiff

thanks
any light weight stuff out there that will help (i know about ISA server, but too big!)
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depends on the information stored on that server and how each website is written.

In general, it's ok as long as you remove all exceptions in the firewall setting. I would definitely use a hardware based firewall, even a cheap Dlink.
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paulCardiff

hardware based firewall isn't an option as its a virtual server in a hosting centre which i dont have access too, so not even worth talking about.

Its a webserver running asp.net websites

so would you say to stay clear of it then?