Deployment: Windows Firewall and Group Policy

General Deployment information Because I support the Windows Firewall I often get asked for guidance on deploying it. David Bishop wrote a nice white paper on deploying the Windows Firewall so I won’t repeat it all here but this is my go to link when I am asked about group policy or how to deploy… Read more

The Network Connection Status Icon

Have you ever wondered how Windows knows you’re connected to the Internet? You may have noticed the over the network icon by the clock, have you ever wondered what happens in the background? This blog aims to find answers to these and related questions. Process overview When a Windows machine connects to a network, there… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Dependencies

As discussed in the previous posts in this series, there can be several causes that will prevent the Windows Firewall from starting. In this installment I will cover specifics of checking dependencies. Checking Dependencies When checking dependencies you will want to check to ensure that the default dependencies are in place, that there are not… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Checking Privilege Access

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Checking Privilege Access As discussed in the previous posts in this series, there can be several causes that will prevent Windows Firewall from starting. In this installment, part 4 of 5 in the series, I will cover specifics of checking access privileges for both Windows Vista and… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Registry Permissions

As discussed in my previous posts in this series, there can be several causes that will prevent the Windows Firewall from starting. In this installment, part 3 of 5, I will cover specifics of checking registry permissions. Checking Registry Permissions You can verify the permissions in Registry Editor by right-clicking each of the following registry… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Logon Permissions

This is part two in my series on Windows Firewall failing to start. In part one, I covered Windows XP and gave an overview of the issues seen in Windows Vista and Windows 7. As discussed, there can be several causes that will prevent the firewall from starting. In this post, I will cover specifics… Read more

The Windows Firewall Service Fails to start – Introduction

There can be several causes that will prevent the Windows Firewall from starting and I will attempt to cover them in this series of five blog posts. In this first post, I will cover Windows XP and Windows Vista / Windows 7 separately as they are two different services. Last I will cover one issue… Read more

New Networking-related articles for the week of March 27 – April 2

Like last week, I have two new networking-related articles to share this time: 2263829 The network connection of a running Hyper-V virtual machine may be lost under heavy outgoing network traffic on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 2530126 Error message “Windows firewall cannot change some of your settings Error code… Read more