Group Policy and Firewall under SP2

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by paulie, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. paulie

    paulie Guest

    Hi All, thanks for the invaluable help in the past.

    I just upgraded all my client to SP2, and one of the
    clients will not allow me to turn its firewall. I get
    the messages that the firewall setting is controlled by
    group policy.

    What does that meaan and what is group policy??


    paulie, Oct 7, 2004
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  2. With SBS 2003 it has a Group Policy which gets applied to the clients to
    prevent the clients from being able to turn on the firewall option, however,
    check out the following updates for SBS 2003 when you have XP Pro clients
    with XP SP2.. Once you've applied the first update, then XP SP 2 clients
    will have the firewall client enabled on them with the option to turn it off
    grayed out. Group policies are policies that are configured on the SBS
    server that can then be applied to all or some clients and/or users. To
    take a look at the policies defined on SBS.. check out Start/Administrative
    Tools/Group Policy Management.

    Update for Small Business Server 2003 Support for Windows XP Service Pack 2
    Install this update to modify the policy of a Small Business Server 2003
    domain to automatically configure Windows Firewall on Windows XP computers
    running Service Pack 2.

    Update to Client Setup for Deploying Windows XP SP2
    Install this update to configure Windows Small Business Server 2003 Client
    Setup to deploy Windows XP Service Pack 2 to all client computers running
    Windows XP Professional.

    You will also want the hotfix for Windows Server 2003 mentioned in the
    following kb article.

    "The following entry in the [strings] section is too long and has been
    truncated" error message when you try to modify or to view GPOs in Windows
    Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, or Windows 2000;EN-US;842933


    Hope that helps,
    David Copeland
    Microsoft Small Business Server Support

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    SBS v4.x : microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz
    SBS 2000: microsoft.public.backoffice.smallbiz2000
    SBS 2003:
    David Copeland [MSFT], Oct 7, 2004
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  3. paulie

    Les Connor Guest

    Where I work, we have two groups. Group 1 is the Boss group, Group 2 is the
    Worker group. We have some policies at this workplace.

    Boss group policy:

    1. Starts work at 10:00 am, and goes home at 3:00 pm, unless there is a golf
    match and in that case they don't have to come to work at all.

    2. Leaves work at noon on Friday.

    Worker group policy:

    1. Starts work at 7:30 AM, and goes home whenever the day's work is done,
    but never before 6:30 pm.

    2. Leaves work at 10:00 PM Friday, because they have to finish their own
    work as well as cover for the work the Boss group didn't do. Also, usually
    has to work Saturday, and often Sunday as well.

    If a person in the worker group becomes a Boss, the Boss policy
    automatically applies to him. And the reverse is also true. So you see we
    don't have to make rules for every individual, we just place them in a group
    and the policy applies. Easy, huh?
    Les Connor, Oct 8, 2004
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