How To Open Firewall Port 1433 for SQL Server Database Engine For Use With SCOM (or anything else)

In this very short video, I walk you through the step by step process of opening the 1433 firewall port for SQL Server.  I am doing it because I am setting up a new System Center Operations manager server but the procedures would be the same for any other application that uses SQL Server for the database backend.  Full Details on opening ports for SCOM can be found at



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How To Open Firewall Port 1433 for SQL Server Database Engine For Use With SCOM (or anything else)


How to: Configure a Windows Firewall for Database Engine Access
To open a port in the Windows firewall for TCP access
  1. On the Start menu, click Run, type WF.msc, and then click OK.
  2. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, in the left pane, right-click Inbound Rules, and then click New Rule in the action pane (upper right corner).
  3. In the Rule Type dialog box, select Port, and then click Next.
  4. In the Protocol and Ports dialog box, select TCP. Select Specific local ports, and then type the port number of the instance of the Database Engine, In my case we are using the default which is 1433. Click Next.
  5. In the Action dialog box, select Allow the connection, and then click Next.
  6. In the Profile dialog box, I am going to Leave Domain turned on and turn private and public off. Then click Next.
  7. In the Name dialog box, type "Allow SQL 1433 Inbound” and for a description I am putting in the same. Then click Finish.

To see other ports you may need to open for other parts of System Center Operations Manager visit

For a step by step of installing SQL Server see How To Install SQL 2008 R2 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 For Use With SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1

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