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Best Win Server 2003 R2 Firewall Opton and how to enable for Domain properly

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Have a Win Server 2003 R2 that has Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud (SEP) SBS 2013 installed on it.

This version of the product, for Servers does not have a Firewall but has below modules for Win Server

Network: Intrusion Protection
Computer: Anti Virus, Anti Spyware, Sonar
Web: Download Intelligence

Have a Hardware Firewall protecting the network but want to find the best option for adding a software firewall on the Win Server 2003 Domain Controller.

I do not have much experience turning on the Win Firewall for Win Server 2003 in Domain.  When I go to Control Panel and click on Windows Firewall, I see the location to turn on the Windows Firewall in General tab and understand the Exceptions and Advanced tab.

But on this Win Server 2003 it says "Windows Firewall: Is using your non Domain Settings".

When I turned it on, then none of the desktops, on the Domain, could login.  

So it seems, I need to do configure the Windows Firewall, in a special way for Domain?  How would I do this?  

The Windows resource sites have tons of info. but no simple explanation on this that I could find.

Thanks in advance for tips and help.

Also, 3rd party good Firewall programs that would work well on Win Server 2003 would be considered but not sure which are the best standalone ones that work well in Win Server 2003.

Thanks
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by:Hypercat (Deb)
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I haven't used this Symantec product, but the literature states that it does include a firewall.  Are you sure that the firewall isn't installed?  All of the other Symantec Endpoint Protection (on-premises) products I've used include the firewall as an option.  This normally shows up in the client status screen as "Network Threat Protection." The fact that you see Network: Intrusion Protection listed indicates that at least a portion of the firewall protection is installed.
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by:DrDave242
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I'm with hypercat: Symantec Endpoint Protection always includes a firewall, in my experience.

I would not recommend using the built-in Windows firewall on a Windows Server 2003 domain controller. You have to open so many ports for it to function as a DC that your firewall ends up looking more like a screen door than a wall.
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For SEP.cloud SBS it only has a firewall option for non servers.  This is confirmed with their tech. Support.  The standalone SEP has firewall for server only.  So still need more help
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by:Dirk Kotte
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you should consider to replace the Windows2003 Server with Win2008R2 or Win2012.
This versions keep supported some time and has included a great and usable firewall.
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Planning on that before July 2015 but that is not an option now.

Any suggestions on 3rd party  firewalls for Win server 2003 anyone?
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Have not received any  info. on original question.  Last asked this same question on 10/1/14: "Any suggestions on 3rd party  firewalls for Win server 2003 anyone?"
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Never got answers to my original question.
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