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Open ports on the server firewall

Updated: July 22, 2009

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008, Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

When you install line-of-business applications or other programs and services, you may need to open additional ports in the server firewall.

To open a port in the server firewall for an installed program

  1. Open the Windows SBS Console.

  2. On the navigation bar, click Network, and then click Connectivity.

  3. Right-click Server firewall, and then click View firewall properties.

  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Manage rules.

  5. Click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

  6. On the Exceptions tab, click Add program.

  7. Locate and click the installed program, and then click OK.

  8. The name of the program is listed in the Program or port text box, with the check box selected. Click OK.

To open a port in the server firewall for an exception that is not listed

  1. Open the Windows SBS Console.

  2. On the navigation bar, click Network, and then click Connectivity.

  3. Right-click Server firewall, and then click View firewall properties.

  4. Click the Advanced tab, and then click Manage rules.

  5. Click Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

  6. On the Exceptions tab, click Add port.

  7. In the text boxes, type a name for the port that you want to open and the port number, click TCP or UDP, and then click OK.

  8. Verify that the name of the port is listed in the Program or port text box, with the check box selected. Click OK.

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