Jonas Stawski

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Be Careful When You Turn Windows Firewall On

So there I was setting up a Windows Server 2003 Standard sitting in a remote location and I had the security hat on and decided to turn Windows Firewall On. Apparently by default there are no exceptions so I was immediately kicked off of my Remote Desktop session. I can't browse any of the websites in that server nor can I ping it. As a matter of fact I don't think I can do anything with it sitting here thousands of miles away from the server. All I can do is open a ticket for someone to physically log in to the server and either turn the firewall off or allow port 3389 (RDC). So if you're thinking of turning that firewall on remotely make sure you allow port 3389 before hitting the OK key.

Hope other people learn from my mistakes.

Happy Firewalling!

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