Creating a Firewall Exception to Allow Remote Services Management

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows Firewall is on by default in Windows® 7, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows Firewall helps control which programs or ports can be used to communicate between Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and other computers on the network or the Internet. To allow a program or port to communicate through Windows Firewall, an exception needs to be enabled.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To enable the Remote Service Management Windows Firewall exception

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click System and Security.

  2. Under the Windows Firewall heading, click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

  3. Select the Remote Service Management check box, and then click OK.