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Is it okay to enable Windows Firewall in Vista? RRS feed

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  • We have two laptops and I recently added an old Fujitsu desktop as a WHS. After lots of connection issues - detailed in the hardware/installation forum - I noticed that Windows Firewall was enabled on my laptop, but not Anna's (my wife). Since we've never had a network per se (folder shares were disabled in Vista), I always disabled Windows Firewall because it caused many users many problems, and because our router apparently has a firewall built-in (Draytek). I have no idea how it came to be enabled on my laptop in the first place - I certainly didn't do it.

    I also understand that WHS has it's own version of Windows Firewall. Does Windows Firewall cause connection problems? Adding WMI in the firewall exceptions is recommended here: http://www.homeserverland.com/wiki/w/whs/windows-firewall-wmi.aspx, but they don't say why. So, I don't know what to do with this.

    Cheers,

    Chris
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 11:08 AM

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  • Yes, it's okay to enable Windows Firewall in Vista. You should have firewall software on every computer, not just on your router or other edge device.

    As for WMI, Windows Home Server doesn't use it, so there's no need to open up an exception for it.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by ChrisOfTheOT Saturday, January 9, 2010 3:02 PM
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 1:46 PM
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  • Yes, it's okay to enable Windows Firewall in Vista. You should have firewall software on every computer, not just on your router or other edge device.

    As for WMI, Windows Home Server doesn't use it, so there's no need to open up an exception for it.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by ChrisOfTheOT Saturday, January 9, 2010 3:02 PM
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 1:46 PM
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  • Okay Ken, thanks.

    Cheers,

    Chris
    Saturday, January 9, 2010 3:03 PM