Summary and Related Links
Windows XP SP2 contains the new Windows Firewall, which replaces ICF in Windows XP with SP1 and Windows XP with no service packs installed. Because Windows XP SP2 enables Windows Firewall by default on all connections, communications can be affected if the Windows XP with SP2-based computer is managed or is acting as a server, a listener, or a peer. You can deploy Windows Firewall settings in an organization intranet for computers running Windows XP with SP2 using the new Windows Firewall Computer Configuration Group Policy settings, the Unattend.txt file, the Netfw.inf file, a Netsh script, or a custom configuration program.
See the following resources for further information:
Troubleshooting Windows Firewall in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=b3d01193-ad93-492f-b74b-97c2fc44e08b&displaylang=en
Manually Configuring Windows Firewall in Windows XP Service Pack 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0204.mspx
Using the Windows Firewall INF File in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cb307a1d-2f97-4e63-a581-bf25685b4c43&displaylang=en
Network Determination Behavior for Network-Related Group Policy Settings at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0504.mspx
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resources for IT Professionals at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/winxpsp2.mspx
For the latest information about Windows XP, see the Windows XP Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp.