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Disabling the Windows Firewall

Disabling the Windows Firewall

Note: Please don’t disable the Windows Firewall unless and until you have the other appropriate firewall software installed on your system

There are mainly three methods for disabling the Windows Firewall. The first method is for any user with administrative privileges on an individual machine not remotely or collectively managed in any way. The other two methods are for use windows Administrators on fully managed systems or Windows Servers.

1) Using the Control Panel

This method is for any user with administrative access to unmanaged systems

1. From the Start menu, select Control Panel, then select Windows Firewall.
2. Select Off, then click Ok.

2) Using Local Policy

This method is for administrators with administrative access to unmanaged systems or locally managed systems where the machine is not part of a Windows 2000 or higher domain.

Go to Start menu >> select Run, here enter gpedit.msc.
Expand the Computer Configuration folder, then the Administrative Templates folder.
Expand the Network folder, then the Network Connections folder, then the Windows Firewall folder.
Select the Standard Profile folder.
Double-click the Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections option.
Select Disabled, then click OK.
Select the Domain Profile folder.
Double-click the Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections option.
Select Disabled, then click OK.
Close the Group Policy dialog box.

3) Using Group Policy

This method is for administrators with administrative access to managed machines that are part of a Windows 2000 or 2003 Active Directory domain.

Create a new Group Policy object, and give the object a descriptive name (for example, ITS-Turn off Windows Firewall).
Select the newly created group policy.
Right-click on the newly created policy and select Edit.
Expand the Computer Configuration folder, then the Administrative Templates folder.
Expand the Network folder, then the Network Connections folder, then the Windows Firewall folder.
Select the Standard Profile folder.
Double-click the Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections option.
Select Disabled, then click OK.
Select the Domain Profile folder.
Double-click the Windows Firewall: Protect all network connections option.
Select Disabled, then click OK.
Close the Group Policy dialog box.
In the Security Filter section, click Add.
Search for the objects that this group policy will be applied to, then click OK.
Close the Group Policy editor.

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