Dialog Box: Customize Service Settings

Published: January 20, 2009

Updated: January 20, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Use these options to configure the way in which Windows Firewall with Advanced Security responds to connection requests from or to services.

  • When creating a firewall rule by using the New Firewall Rule wizard, follow these steps.

    1. On the Rule Type page, click Custom.

    2. On the Program page, next to Services, click Customize.

  • When modifying an existing firewall rule, on the Programs and Services tab, click Customize.

You can specify both a program and a service in the same firewall rule. Both conditions must be met for the rule to apply to the requested connection.

When you select the Apply to services only option, any service running as the LocalSystem or NetworkService accounts have appropriate access. When you select an option where you specify one or more services, the security identifier (SID) for the specified service is given access.

Use this option to apply the rule to all processes within the program specified in the Programs entry.

Use this option to apply the rule only to services, not to other processes.

From the list, select the service to which you want the rule to be applied.

Specify the short name of the service to which you want the rule to be applied. You can specify any short name even if it is not in the list. Misspelled short names and short names that do not specify a service will be ignored. This option is useful when defining a rule for a Group Policy object (GPO) and the service referenced in the rule is not installed or running on the computer on which you are modifying the rule.

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