By The Scripting Guys, Microsoft Corporation

This script displays status of remote administration for Windows Firewall. Remote administration is disabled by default in Windows XP Service Pack 2. To perform this task, the script uses the Windows Firewall COM automation server. It runs only against the local computer.

FwRemoteAdminSettings.vbs is a bonus script; it does not correspond to any of the scripts that ships with Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2 and which are documented in the Appendix. You can download a Windows Installer (.msi) file that installs the Guide and its associated scripts from:


To use the script, copy the code, paste it into Notepad, and then save the script as FwRemoteAdminSettings.vbs. To run the script, open a command prompt window to the directory of the script and type:

cscript fwremoteadminsettings.vbs

If the default script host on the computer is Cscript.exe, the initial "cscript" may be omitted.

'Author: Peter Costantini, The Microsoft Scripting Guys
'Date: 9/1/04
'Version: 1.0
'This script displays status of remote administration for Windows Firewall.
'Remote administration is disabled by default in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

On Error Resume Next
'Create the firewall manager object.
Set objFwMgr = CreateObject("HNetCfg.FwMgr")
If Err <> 0 Then
  WScript.Echo "Unable to connect to Windows Firewall."
End If
'Get the current profile for the local firewall policy.
Set objProfile = objFwMgr.LocalPolicy.CurrentProfile
WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Windows Firewall"

'Get remote admin settings.
Set objRemoteAdminSettings = objProfile.RemoteAdminSettings
WScript.Echo VbCrLf & "Current Remote Administration Settings:"
WScript.Echo "Enabled: " & objRemoteAdminSettings.Enabled
If objRemoteAdminSettings.Scope = 0 Then
  strScope = "All" 'Default
ElseIf objRemoteAdminSettings.Scope = 1 Then
  strScope = "Local Subnet"
  strScope = "UNKNOWN"
End If
WScript.Echo "Scope: " & strScope

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