Checklist: Implementing a Basic Firewall Policy Design

Updated: January 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Essential Business Server, Windows SBS 2003, Windows SBS 2008, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

This parent checklist includes cross-reference links to important concepts about the basic firewall policy design. It also contains links to subordinate checklists that will help you complete the tasks that are required to implement this design.

Complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a procedure, return to this topic after you complete the steps in that procedure so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist.

The procedures in this section use the Group Policy MMC snap-in interfaces to configure the GPOs, but you can also use the Netsh command-line tool. For more information, see Use Netsh to Configure GPOs.

Checklist Checklist: Implementing a basic firewall policy design


  Task Reference

Review important concepts and examples for the basic firewall policy design to determine if this design meets the needs of your organization.

Conceptual topic Identifying Your Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Deployment Goals

Conceptual topic Basic Firewall Policy Design

Conceptual topic Firewall Policy Design Example

Conceptual topic Planning Settings for a Basic Firewall Policy


Create the membership group and a GPO for each set of computers that require different firewall rules. Where GPOs will be similar, such as for Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2, create one GPO, configure it by using the tasks in this checklist, and then make a copy of the GPO for the other version of Windows. For example, create and configure the GPO for Windows 7, make a copy of it for Windows Server 2008 R2, and then follow the steps in this checklist to make the few required changes to the copy.

Checklist topic Checklist: Creating Group Policy Objects

Checklist topic Copy a GPO to Create a New GPO


If you are working on a GPO that was copied from another, modify the group membership and WMI filters so that they are correct for the computers for which this GPO is intended.

Procedure topic Modify GPO Filters to Apply to a Different Zone or Version of Windows


Configure the GPO with firewall default settings appropriate for your design.

Checklist topic Checklist: Configuring Basic Firewall Settings


Create one or more inbound firewall rules to allow unsolicited inbound network traffic.

Checklist topic Checklist: Creating Inbound Firewall Rules


Create one or more outbound firewall rules to block unwanted outbound network traffic.

Checklist topic Checklist: Creating Outbound Firewall Rules


Link the GPO to the domain level of the Active Directory organizational unit hierarchy.

Procedure topic Link the GPO to the Domain


Add test computers to the membership group, and then confirm that the computers receive the firewall rules from the GPOs as expected.

Procedure topic Add Test Computers to the Membership Group for a Zone


According to the testing and roll-out schedule in your design plan, add computer accounts to the membership group to deploy the completed firewall policy settings to your computers.

Procedure topic Add Production Computers to the Membership Group for a Zone

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