I have a server setup at a data center running Windows 2003 R2 Standard and is connected directly to the internet. For security reasons, I have enabled Windows Firewall only because I can't seem to find another decent firewall product that is of reasonable price. BlackIce is no longer available and part of Symantec now. I tried another product called GhostWall that didn't seem to work right with RDP, so essentially if any of you have another recommendation on software firewalls other than Windows Firewall I am all ears because quite frankly I can't stand it. But anyhow the root of the problem is that I guess I am confused on the protocol or what have you that enables one to PING the server from the outside world while utilizing Windows 2003 R2 Firewall and get a reply back. Not that its a "show stopper" or causing me downtime cause my ASP.NET apps and SQL are working great but I have this diagonostic software setup on behalf of the data center company admins where my server is that is driving me NUTS because it tries to ping every 10min for a reply and if it doesn't reply it throws an error and emails me saying my server is critical because the monitoring system declares it as dead. You can sense my frustration.