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Best Practices for Optimizing Windows Firewall

Updated: March 28, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

As a best practice, you should upgrade your networking hardware on your server computers so you are using network adapters that support checksum offloading. Checksum offloading allows the network adapter to perform the checksum processing that is usually performed below the TCP/IP stack, which will reduce the load on your computer's processor.

Checksum offloading will not usually impact the performance on a client computer.

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