Software Firewall solution

Discussion in 'Server Security' started by Monty, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. Monty

    Monty Guest

    Does anyone know of a workable software firewall for use on W2K and W2K3

    Thanks in advance.
    Monty, Jun 23, 2004
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  2. I believe Sygate and Zonealarm work

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  3. W2K03 comes with Internet Connection Firewall. In its current incarnation
    it is a very basic firewall and may not provide all the functionality /
    filtering options you may need.

    Popular 3rd Party firewall are Zone Alarms, Norton Internet Security, McAffe
    Personal firewall etc.
    Dusty Harper {MS}, Jun 23, 2004
  4. Monty

    Monty Guest

    I am really looking for a Server specific solution....
    Zone Alarm works somewhat but they shim the stack and every MS update seems
    to move the shim. I am having to reinstall after every update or I get
    unusual shutdowns and other errors. On top of that, they do not support the
    product on Server OS's and it says so specifically when install is run
    although it will go ahead. The other products mentioned are Desktop
    solutions also, I know there are some specific server endpoint apps..I guess
    I need to know of someone's personal experiences. Thanks for the responses
    so far.
    Monty, Jun 23, 2004
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    Jeff Cochran Guest

    Most will work on both fine. Server 2003 includes one.

    Jeff Cochran, Jun 23, 2004
  6. Monty

    Monty Guest

    Sygate does have a version that supports Server2000 but not "officially"
    W2K3. This where there are many gotcha's (see their support forums for
    details). I am aware of the built in Firewall in the OS but it falls VERY
    short of the level of granularity required here. I ask again, does anybody
    have any anecdotal evidence or personal expereince with a third party

    Thanks again.
    Monty, Jun 23, 2004
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    Jeff Cochran Guest

    Okay, how about ISA? Or any of the large commercial firewalls?

    Jeff Cochran, Jun 23, 2004
  8. Monty

    Monty Guest

    Thanks for the reply Jeff....
    I THINK that ISA is out of the question given my circumstances. We are a
    portion of a large University network and isolating just our portion is
    impossible. It pretty much rules out a "hardware" solution which, if I am
    understanding correctly, ISA is tantamount to (ISA is installed on a 2 NIC
    machine through which all traffic is routed). Therefore I am relegated to
    trying to protect the endpoints individually.
    Large corporate (centrally managed) solutions are somewhat out of the
    question also because of expense and their typical requirement of a SQL (or
    MSDE) server. My boss does not want that added complexity and expense
    I really am just looking for someone that might have had some personal
    experience with a simple solution (like Zone Alarm) that actually works on
    the server OS'.
    Monty, Jun 24, 2004
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