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I suddenly could not RDP into my server after rebooting it. Turned out the Firewall was blocking me, I remotely shut off the firewall service (parallels virtuozzo panel) and was able to RDP in. When I went to add my office IP to the firewall to allow me to connect, it won't launch the control panel unless I enable the Windows Firewall. If I do that, it kicks me off of RDP naturally. So how on earth can I configure this thing?

(cross-posted from Serverfault)

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Use netsh – all settings are under the firewall context.

  • To quickly open RDP, run netsh fire add port TCP 3389 "Remote Desktop"
  • To manage other settings, run netsh, enter firewall, and use ? to list commands.

You can also edit the settings on Registry directly (regedit), under HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy. (This even works over the network, assuming Remote Registry is running.)

  • For Remote Desktop, under the key StandardProfile\GloballyOpenPorts\List add a string value named 3389:TCP with the data 3389:TCP:*:Enabled:Remote Desktop.
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Registry edit for the win, thank you kindly! – ioSamurai Sep 6 '11 at 18:11

Take a look at the Local Security policy Admin tool. There is a section for Windows firewall.

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Is it that? (see edit to your answer) I don't see it.. – ioSamurai Sep 6 '11 at 18:08
Ok, the registry edit worked from chosen answer. – ioSamurai Sep 6 '11 at 18:13
"IP Security Policies" refers to IPsec, not the firewall. – grawity Sep 6 '11 at 21:29

You should be able to make settings changes in the Group Policy Editor without the service running.

GPEdit.msc -> Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> IP Security Policies.

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"IP Security Policies" refers to IPsec, not the firewall. – grawity Sep 6 '11 at 17:56
Thanks for the clarification. – music2myear Sep 6 '11 at 17:57

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