Administration of domain laptops

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Hi - Currently, we disable windows firewall on all machines in the domain. I would like to be able to test for either cached login or a dc to be able to enable the firewall on the laptops that, when logged into, are not connected to the domain, i.e. travelling, home, etc. Any hints, suggestions would be appreciated. :) Thanks in advance.
ASKED: July 30, 2006  8:16 AM
UPDATED: July 31, 2006  9:41 AM

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I do this for all of my clients.

There are two group policy administrative templates, one is the network/network connections/windows firewall/domain profile, the other is the ./././standard profile. The domain profile is used when connected to the domain, the standard profile is when the computer is not connected to the domain. You can select the domain profile to turn off the firewall, and select the standard profile to turn on the firewall. This accomplishes your goal.

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  • Marcola
    In addition to the reply by gstornelli I suggest that you create an OU in your AD just for your laptop machines and apply the GPO to the OU and not individual machines. This way when you replace a machine or make additions you only need to move the unit into the OU and the GPO will take affect. -marolca
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  • Kewalsh
    Thank you, that was extremely helpful. The previous admin had disabled it at the 'network connections level' AND at the firewall level which was a mistake and seemingly redundant. Kevin.
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