Windows XP firewall service is enabled after installing XP SP3 – even if it was previously disabled

by File in: Windows

If Windows XP SP2 firewall service is set to manual or disabled when Windows XP SP3 is applied, the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service and Security Cetner service will be changed to automatic startup.  This behavior is by design, for the purpose of increasing the security of Windows XP. This setting will remain in effect […]

Ports to open on a firewall for SBS 2003 communication

by File in: SBS

Everytime I setup a Microsoft 2003 Small Business Server or troubleshoot connectivity problems to the SBS server I have to lookup the ports that are required to pass through a firewall for proper communication to occur with the various SBS components.  Since I’m tired of Googling for them, I’ve decided to post them here for […]

Windows Server Firewall Exceptions for Remote Administration Tools

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Microsoft has a web page that lists the various tools you can use to remotely administer a Windows Server system. The page lists each remote administration tool and the steps that are required to successfully use the tool with the Windows Firewall service enabled on the local or remote machine. Firewall configuration details for the […]

Windows Server 2008 Firewall Ports

by File in: security, Windows

Mark Empson has published a nice list of firewall ports used by Windows Server 2008. Possible Rule name Description Port Path Active Directory Domain Controller – LDAP (TCP-In) Inbound rule for the Active Directory Domain Controller service to allow remote LDAP traffic. (TCP 389) 389 %systemroot%\System32\lsass.exe Active Directory Domain Controller – LDAP (UDP-In) Inbound rule […]

Kiwi CatTools: Schedule automatic backups (and perform other activities) on your network devices

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Kiwi CatTools is a free (up to five devices) customizable utility that help network administrators automate configuration backups of their network devices such as routers and switches. It provides email notification and compare reports, highlighting configuration changes. Some of the features of CatTools includes: Instant or scheduled device configuration backups where any differences can be […]

Online port forwarding tester

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Having problems getting applications to work through your firewall or router? Use the online Port Forwarding Tester to determine if your device is properly configured to pass traffic through the appropriate ports. This application will automatically detect the public IP address your browser is originating from, or you can specify the IP of your choice. […]