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can't turn on/off windows firewall on server 2003.

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Hi Experts,

  I have a windows 2008 server and i'm trying to turn off the firewall and I get the follow message:

  Windows firewall settins cannot be displayed because the associated service is not running. Do you want to start the windows firewall service?

  So I click on YES and I get this message

 Windows cannot start the windows firewall service.

Any help?
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Question by:frankbustos
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by:vanbarsoun
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Which is it, server2003 or 2008? Have you tried rebooting, if possible, then disabling? Are you trying to explicitly stop/disable the service via the Services page or elsewhere?
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by:JimmyITCS
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If this server is a member of a Domain, then you have to set up the firewall through a GPO or the local security settings.

Is this server joined to a domain, or is it still in a 'workgroup'?
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by:Greg Hejl
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windows firewall/ICS has two service dependancies

Network Connections service and Windows Mangemnet Instrumentation

please make sure these to services are running

start>run>services.msc
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by:frankbustos
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vanbarsoun: its 2008 and yest i've tried rebooting. i'm just trying to disable the firewall.

JimmyITCS: it is part of the domain

Greg_Heil: I've checked both of those services and they are both running.

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by:Greg Hejl
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type windows firewall>select wf with advanced> rightclick on windows firewall and turn them off for the three profiles.

since it is domain gpo may prevent this

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by:frankbustos
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i get the following error: windows firewall with advanced security snap-in failed to load
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Greg Hejl earned 500 total points
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the services I specified were for server 2003.  for 2008 the services need to be the base filtering engine and windows firewall authorization adapter.  also check the logon for the service - should be the local service for these services.

check the logs?  would it be a 1709 error?  was there a 3rd party firewall installed?

if so, the best solution is to reinstall the OS - most likely a virus stepped on the local service accounts.

2008 windows firewall is integrated with the OS - many windows applications are firewall aware and will not run correctly if the firewall service doesn't communicate with the app.
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by:frankbustos
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tried everything and was spending more time than it was worth it. So, i decided to re-install the OS. thanks.
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