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Mac built in firewall

Is the mac built in firewall capable of turning on and off depending on network location(10.x.x.x or other address)?

Is it manageable through using ARD. Would there be a lot of overhead using this approach? Would it be better to use netbarrier or DoorStop X Security Suite for this purpose.

I would imaging trying to manage the built in firewall for ~120 macs using this would be a nightmare, does anyone have any experiences with this?
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LouisSanchez
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egarrisonCEO / CTOCommented:
Good question. None of these solutions is going to be a "simple" process for 120 machines.  All of them are designed to be a single machine - single policy.  No good way to centralize all of the policy.  The heart of the standard mac firewall is just the linux based firewall.  I am betting there is an app or way with scripts to publish out changes to them.  The issue is you likely need to open up the security on a mac to allow this to happen.
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LouisSanchezAuthor Commented:
I thought  netbarrier or DoorStop X provided centralization and the ability to have different firewall settings dependant on where you are connected.
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AGoodKeenManCommented:
As far as I know the Firewall settings are not effected by the computers location setting or by the received IP address, so that will have to be changed manually depending on the location. I cannot confirm if ARD has the ability to enable the firewall, but it does say this on the Apple website  "Apple Remote Desktop 3 also gives you the power to execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your remote client systems.". So you should be able to turn it off by running a script on all the computers you require.
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