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Least Privilege Security for Windows 7, Vista and XP by Russell Smith

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Configuring Windows Firewall to allow remote access

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for many organizations when dealing with remote administration is Windows Firewall. Introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2, and re-architected for Vista, Windows Firewall provides inbound and outbound filtering, which can be managed centrally using Group Policy. For those companies without skilled personnel at hand, the easiest solution for retaining the level of connectivity that was found in Windows prior to Windows XP Service Pack 2, is to either disable Windows Firewall, or at the very least, turn it off when Windows detects that it is connected to the corporate network, otherwise known as the Domain profile.

The default configuration for Windows Firewall ...

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