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    free windows server 2003 firewall


    which FREE firewall for server win2k3 is reliable. and how reliable is the firewall included in SP1 of win2k3?


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    Dec 2004

    Firewalls and Win 2003

    Hi! get what you pay for. I wouldn't trust a "free" firewall..not with my server...but that's me. I will install SP1 on my new server shortly...and I'll be able to share more then. There is another way of doing can setup a firewall using NAT.

    There is an article here:

    Sadly..that article assumes you are not new to the server..and know what all those options mean...which I did not. My book even failed I had to go to Microsoft. I've found these two articles to be of great help:

    This covers a ton of stuff that first article assumes you already know. If you don't...that presents quite a problem!

    There are other links on this page that are helpful about learning all about Win 2003. I'm glad Microsoft seems to be trying to organize their online resources a little better these days...even though they would prefer you spend a couple hundred on deadtrees(tm).

    >> Oh. I forgot a very important link. If you really want some wonderful tech backgrouders and need to go here:

    This is a wonderful place to learn different what a VPN is...and why you might want to setup/use one.

    Good luck,


    P.S. I love going to Microsoft using a non-Microsoft browser, too.
    I think it sends them the message that needs to be sent..IE has much that needs fixing.
    Last edited by bryonhost1; 04-29-2005 at 04:04 AM.

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    Feb 2005
    When configured properly the fw that comes with 2003 is fine. Most exploited windows boxes I've worked on recently were compromised via other software misconfigurations. FTP and IIS being the 2 big ones. FW matters not a jot if your webserver or ftp are what get you owned.

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    Mar 2004
    Prob about the firewall in 2003 , it is only suitable for 1 IP, for eg if you put 8 IPs, only the last IP gets through, the rest of the 7 cant be used.

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