Firewall Rule Wizard: Predefined Rules Page

Published: January 20, 2009

Updated: January 20, 2009

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Use this wizard page to enable or disable rules that are part of a predefined rule group. Predefined rules provide network connectivity for Microsoft Windows programs and services. The rules displayed on this page are determined by the group you select in the list on the Rule Type page.

  1. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security MMC snap-in, right-click either Inbound Rules or Outbound Rules, and then click New Rule.

  2. On the Rule Type page, select Predefined.

  3. From the list, select the group that contains the predefined rules that you want to manage, and then click Next.

Select each rule that you want to create or, if the rule already exists, enable.

The list on the Predefined Rules wizard page shows the rules in the selected group and the properties of each of the rules. Most of the well-known Windows services and programs available on computers running this version of Windows appear in this list.

By default, when you use this page to configure a Group Policy object (GPO), all of the check boxes for rules in a group are selected. By default, when you use this page to edit the local computer’s active configuration, all of the check boxes for rules in a group are cleared.

If you select a rule where No appears in the Rule Exists column, and then complete the steps in the wizard, the rule is created with the properties shown in the list, and enabled.

If you select a rule where Already exists appears in the Rule Exists column, and then complete the steps in the wizard, the new settings overwrite the existing settings, and the rule is enabled.

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