Windows Firewall Policy import failed, Access is denied, Code 5
Posted on 2012-08-15
I'm working on Server 2008 R2 Std. Embedded image for one of our products.
I'm nearly done but I just realized that for some reason I can export the Windows Firewall policy but can't import it back.
Policy import failed.
Error: Access is denied
Here's a little bit of history:
As I'm making my image, I periodically make backup images just in case I screw something up.
The last backup that still allows me to import a policy was taken just before I configured group policy and installed Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Group Policy changes were pretty extensive. I basically used Department of Homeland Security guidelines which cover many many areas.
Anyway, I decided to narrow it down by a process of elimination so I started with my backup that still worked. I set every possibly related (that I thought would prevent me from policy import) GP setting and I can still import! I even installed the Endpoint Protection.
One other "hint". For some reason my Inbound and Outbound rules are all blank on the image that doesn't allow policy import while these rules are full of stuff on the image that does allow the policy import. Something isn't running?
I would really appreciate any help/suggestions because the DHS guideline is so big that it literally takes an entire day to configure GP. If I go back to the working image and start with GP settings from scratch (and regularly check if the import still functions), it'll take me forever.