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How to Configure Windows Server 2008 Firewall for App-V

jamiejdt|Last Updated: 9/1/2016
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With the introduction of Windows Server 2008, the firewall and IPsec components were merged into one service, and the capabilities of this service were enhanced. The new firewall service supports incoming and outgoing stateful inspection. Also, you can configure specific firewall rules and IPsec policies through group policies. For additional information about the Windows firewall in Windows Server 2008, see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=151980.

The following procedure does not include adding an exception for ICO and OSD publishing through SMB or HTTP/HTTPS. Those exceptions are automatically added based on the network profile and roles installed on the Windows Server 2008 firewall.

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If the Management Server is configured to use RTSP, repeat this procedure to add the sghwsvr.exe program as an exception.

The App-V Streaming Server requires the program exception sglwdsptr.exe for RTSPS communication. An App-V Streaming Server that uses RTSP for communication also requires a program exception for sglwsvr.exe.

To configure Windows Server 2008 firewall for App-V

  1. Open the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security management console through the Control Panel or by typing wf.msc on the Run line.

  2. Create a new inbound rule, and select Program.

  3. Select the program path, and browse to sghwdsptr.exe, which is located by default at %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft System Center App Virt Management Server\App Virt Management Server\bin.

  4. Click Next.

  5. On the Action page, select Allow the connection, and then click Next.

  6. Select the appropriate Profiles to apply to the inbound rule.

  7. Provide a name and description for the rule, and click Finish.

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