Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
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If you are new to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, this topic can help you identify what you need to learn to fully understand and use all of the features available in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. It includes prerequisite topics that cover a variety of networking fundamentals. You must understand the prerequisite topics first, because the topics for Windows Firewall with Advanced Security build upon them and assume an understanding of them. Afterwards, you can begin learning about Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by reading the documents in the Level 100, 200, and 300 sections.
Although typical end-user configuration of Windows Firewall still takes place through the Windows Firewall program in Control Panel, advanced configuration now takes place in the Microsoft Management Control (MMC) snap-in named Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. This snap-in not only provides an advanced interface for configuring Windows Firewall locally, but also for configuring Windows Firewall on remote computers by using Group Policy. Firewall settings are now integrated with IPsec settings, allowing for some synergy: Windows Firewall can now allow traffic based on whether it is secured by IPsec.
This step-by-step guide describes how to deploy Group Policy objects (GPOs) to configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security in Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows Server® 2008 R2, and Windows Server® 2008. You get hands-on experience in a lab environment using Group Policy Management tools to create and edit GPOs that implement typical firewall settings. You also configure GPOs to implement common server and domain isolation scenarios. This document is also available as a Word .doc file in the Microsoft Download Center at Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Step-by-Step Guide - Deploying Firewall Policies (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=102503).