3rd party firewall on workstation

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by M. Murphy, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. M. Murphy

    M. Murphy Guest

    While searching old posts trying to figure out why some of my workstations
    allow the windows firewall to be shut off and some don't because of group
    policy, I see that most of the experts here say don't turn off the windows
    firewall.

    I have been installing a 3rd party firewall, just mostly to trap any
    crapware from calling out. I certainly don't want any firewall conflicting
    with the windows firewall.

    Should I not bother with the 3rd party firewall, since I have a sonicwall
    firewall installed in front of the server? Does anyone else do this, or am I
    just paranoid?

    (just because I am paranoid, that doesnt mean they are not out to get me!)
     
    M. Murphy, Jun 20, 2007
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  2. It's your call. I tend not to use third party firewall client software, but
    I am less concerned w/stuff going *out* than with stuff coming *in* - and
    managing such software can be a pain for users if there isn't a full-time IT
    person handy when they get a weird/confusing dialog box asking if they want
    to allow X, Y or Z.

    You *can* configure your Sonicwall to allow nothing but HTTP and HTTPS
    outbound for your workstation IP range.... letting your server have full
    access from LAN--> WAN.
     
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Jun 20, 2007
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  3. I'd agree with LAN
    Leave the XP Firewall on.
    And block outbound only too needed ports on the firewall.
    Third party Firewalls on the LAN tend to cause more headaches IMO than
    worth.
    (As long as you have good global firewall/Spam/Malware checker.

    Now on Remote PC's I'd say yes, a third party like PC-Cillin is nicer
    because it does have a more robust firewall.
    I just wish the CSM had the Web Filter like CP-Cillin, even though it says
    it does it doesn't.

    Russ

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    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
     
    Russ Grover \(SBITS.Biz\), Jun 21, 2007
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  4. M. Murphy

    M. Murphy Guest

    Thank you all for your superior knowledge!!

    And Leythos, you have the best signature line I have ever seen, I hope you
    don't mind me sharing it with all my friends !
     
    M. Murphy, Jun 21, 2007
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  5. I used to have as my sig:

    "There are only 10 types of people who understand binary, those that do and
    those that don't"
    :)

    I need to get a bumper sticker that says that, in addition I want one to say
    "There's no place like 127.0.0.1"

    :)

    Russ
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    SBITS.Biz
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist.
    MCP, MCPS, MCNPS, (MCP-SBS)
    support @ SBITS.Biz
    Remote SBS2003 Support
    http://www.SBITS.Biz
     
    Russ Grover \(SBITS.Biz\), Jun 22, 2007
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