Checklist: Creating Inbound Firewall Rules

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Essential Business Server, Windows SBS 2003, Windows SBS 2008, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

This checklist includes tasks for creating firewall rules in your GPOs. The way in which you create these rules depends on whether the computers to which the GPO applies are running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 or an earlier version of the Windows operating system.

Note

Windows 2000 does not include a built-in firewall, so security group filtering should be used to prevent computers running that version of the operating system from applying the GPO.

In this topic:

  • Checklist for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Checklist for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003

Checklist: Creating inbound firewall rules for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Task Reference

Create a rule that allows a program to listen for and accept inbound network traffic on any ports it requires.

Create an Inbound Program or Service Rule on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Create a rule that allows inbound network traffic on a specified port number.

Create an Inbound Port Rule on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Create a rule that allows inbound ICMP network traffic.

Create an Inbound ICMP Rule on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Create rules that allow inbound RPC network traffic.

Create Inbound Rules to Support RPC on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Enable a predefined rule or a group of predefined rules. Some predefined rules for basic network services are included as part of the installation of Windows; others can be created when you install a new application or network service.

Enable Predefined Inbound Rules on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2

Checklist: Creating inbound firewall rules for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

Task Reference

Create a rule that allows a program to listen for and accept inbound network traffic on any ports it requires.

Create an Inbound Program Rule on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

Create a rule that allows inbound network traffic on a specified port number.

Create an Inbound Port Rule on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003

Enable predefined rules for file and printer sharing, ICMP, remote administration, remote desktop, or network Plug and Play.

Enable Predefined Inbound Rules on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003