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How to Enable the Firewall in Windows Server 2003

Enabling the Windows Server 2003 Firewall in 6 Easy Steps

To turn on the ICF (Internet Connection Firewall) feature in Windows Server 2003, follow these steps:

  1. First, navigate to your Network Connections by clicking on the Start menu -> Settings -> Control Panel, and then double-clicking on Network Connections.
  2. Right-click the connection that you want to enable the Firewall for and then click Properties on the shortcut menu that appears.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab, and then click to select the “Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet” check box.
  4. Click on Settings. In the Services list, click to select the check boxes of services on the computer which you want to permit external access (if that is what you want).
    *Note: By default, no services are selected. This is known as a default deny stance. You must explicitly permit external access to the computer. For the most secure environment, do not select any of the check boxes.
  5. Click OK twice.
  6. When you’re finished, close the Network Connections window.

And there you have it!


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