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I'm trying to upgrade Peachtree on a server, only loading the database manager so I can network it across the domain.  During the install it's telling me my firewall is blocking the installation.  When I go into the windows firewall on an SBS2003 server it errors with: "Due to an unidentified problem Windows cannot display Windows Firewall settings".  Any body run into this before?
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ajpowell74Connect With a Mentor Commented:
My apologies Dave,
When I originally read your post, I assumed (incorrectly) that you'd already enabled the firewall on your SBS, and that it suddenly stopped working. (Usually this is the case with some sort of mal-ware getting in and disabling a firewall so it can have some room to play...)

I'm guessing that you haven't had to go and manually configure anything in the firewall on the SBS before. If that's incorrect, please let me know and we can look in another direction.

By default, the firewall is disabled in SBS 2003 SP1. They want you to use either the Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW), or the list of options here:

The idea being that the Routing and Remote Access (RRAS) firewall included with SBS is a very stripped down version of a fully functional firewall so that implementors could just fire it up and get email/internet access to their users as quickly as possible.

For any sort of advanced configuration, you would need to take a look at the options listed above.

Another link that I think will be of particular importance to your case:
How to Configure Windows Firewall in a Small Business Environment Using Group Policy
Although it deals mainly with XP Clients and network access when using SBS 2003, I think this section may help you:
If you use Small Business Server 2003 you must install an additional hotfix (KB872769). By default, Small Business Server 2003 disables Windows Firewall. The hotfix resolves this issue.
Try this:
This problem is caused by a missing or corrupted SharedAccess.reg file. The SharedAccess.reg file represents the Windows Firewall service.

To resolve this problem, use one of the following methods.
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Method 1: Call the "Setup API InstallHinfSection" function to install Windows Firewall
To install Windows Firewall, follow these steps: 1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
2. At the command prompt, type the following command line, and then press ENTER:
Rundll32 setupapi,InstallHinfSection Ndi-Steelhead 132 %windir%\inf\netrass.inf
3. Restart Windows,
4. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
5. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
Netsh firewall reset
6. Click Start, click Run, type firewall.cpl, and then press ENTER. In the Windows Firewall dialog box, click On (recommended), and then click OK.
PCHSDaveAuthor Commented:
First off thank you in advance for your input.  Will this work on a Small Business Server 2003 Operating System?  Everything I read told me that was for XP only...others have tried it on server and it didn't work.
PCHSDaveAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the info, I did get it to work using the "Configure Internet and Email" wizard, I ended up getting Sage tech support logged into the server and worked with them for about 5 hours.  We did get the database manager working eventually...Thanks again for all your help.
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