Adding Windows Firewalls to all computers via group policy

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Windows Server 2003
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Windows Vista
How can I add Windows Firewall rules to each computer via group policy? We have a new application that needs a port open both ways. What is the easiest way to do this? Windows 2003 Server, Vista desktops.

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To enable Windows Firewall in a domain environment, the Group Policy setting you would use is located in:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Network Connections\Windows Firewall\Domain Profile.

The setting is called Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections.

For more detailed information on configuration check out this article <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490626.aspx”>here</a>. It refers to XP but will work with Vista and 7 boxes as well.

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