In an Active Directory environment, several changes may need to be made to computers with Windows 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows XP Professional computers with Service Pack 2 (SP2) installed. These changes to the Windows Security Center and Windows Firewall can be either made individually on the affected computers, or they can be deployed as part of group policy.
What to do
Use Active Directory and the Windows Firewall settings in Computer Configuration Group Policy to manage firewall settings on a large network.
To do this:
- Update your Group Policy objects with the Windows Firewall settings.
- Specify the Windows Firewall settings for your Group Policy objects.
For details, see the Microsoft documentation for Active Directory Operations Guide, Group Policy Operations Guide, and Deploying Windows Firewall Settings.