Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 Firewall
Features of Firewall in Windows Server 2008 and steps to enable it
Windows Server 2008 is the latest OS from Microsoft for server systems. The Server 2008 has similar code structure to Microsoft Vista, so has good compatibility with OS. The features new to Server 2008 are better OS, enhanced hot patching, support for booting from Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Dynamic Hardware Partitioning. The firewall protects internal network from unsecure outer network. The firewall in the server protects sending out information, which may be harmful to the network. The firewall has lots of functionality, which can protect the entire workspace. Moreover, the firewall sits between internal network and Internet to block Internet traffic to protect internal network. Firewall blocks ping requests from unauthorized external sources to protect the network. It is flexible to identify or allow ping requests from internal machines. Next is the packet protection because firewall disallows fragmented packets, which may be corrupted by hackers.
The following points discuss about Windows Server 2008 features along with steps to enabling it:
- New Firewall Features in Windows Server 2008
- Need of firewall in Windows Server 2008
- Enabling and Disabling Firewall
New Firewall Features in Windows Server 2008
There are many new features in the firewall in Windows Server 2008. Firstly, it can access granular inbound and outbound access control. It has good integration with the Windows Server 2008 Server Manager and it can automatically configure firewall when services are installed. Moreover, it has enhanced IP security policy or Connection Security Rules and better monitoring of firewall policy.
Need of firewall in Windows Server 2008
The server system is normally found in business workspace. It controls the network of different networks and ensures security of internal network. As it is sensitive if a hacker access Server, it can access entire network. This is very risky because hacker may get privilege to access important company information and employee database. For ensuring security of the internal network of the company, you definitely need Firewall.
For turning on the firewall, go to Start button and then Control Panel. Now select Network and Internet, select Windows Firewall option, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. Select General tab in the firewall window and select Off to complete the process. For disabling flow, the similar steps as in enabling. Firewall features include denying inbound traffic, decreasing ping request, and managing fragmented packets.
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