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how would i configure a rule in windows firewall to allow connections to a url set

Posted on 2012-03-28
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We have windows server 2011 with windows firewall enabled.  Is there anyway to I can add a rule in windows firewall to allow connections to a url set (similar to ISA 2004)?

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by:Keith Alabaster
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Not as such, no.

What you could do would be to use either a local hosts file or similar for the web sites that you want deny setting their ip addresses to 127.0.0.1
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by:cllocc
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how would I do that?  Also, if I deny setting their ip addresses to 127.0.0.1, would that mean the firewall would allow connections to that site?
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Do what - create a local hosts file?

127.0.0.1 is the local loop back of the local PC - so if if wanted to block access to www.microsoft.com you would enter that URL into the hosts file with an address of 127.0.0.1 meaning that it would not be found.

The proper way of doing this of course would be via an appropriate product such as forefront TMG.
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Well I want to allow access to docs.live.net and skydrive.live.net

when our ISA firewall was in place, I had configured rules to allow connections to those urls and I was able to sync our onenote notebooks.

However when we migrated to SBS 2k11, our OneNote stopped syncing online and kept reporting that it couldnt connect to the internet.  

So far, ive added rules in windows firewall on our server and on my client machine to allow the program onenote access to all tcp ports and udp ports inbound outbound.  however its still not able to sync
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Thx
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