- Windows Firewall is disabled. You cannot use the Windows Firewall tool in Control Panel to turn on Windows Firewall or to configure Windows Firewall settings on the Windows XP SP2 client computer. When you try to configure Windows Firewall settings, some options are appear dimmed, and you may receive the following message:
Windows Firewall dialog box to turn on Windows Firewall. You experience this symptom even if you previously clicked On (recommended) in the
- You cannot use the Security Center item in Control Panel on the Windows XP SP2 client computer to manage security settings.
- You install Windows XP SP2 on a client computer that is located in a Microsoft Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2003-based network.
- You have joined a client computer that is running Windows XP SP2 to a Windows SBS 2003-based network
Service pack informationTo resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Update informationAn update is available for Windows Small Business Server 2003 that configures the Group Policy settings for Windows Firewall on Windows XP SP2-based computers. After you install this update, Group Policy will enable Windows Firewall on Windows XP SP2-based computers. Additionally, Group Policy will configure required exceptions in Windows Firewall to make it possible for Windows XP SP2-based computers to access network resources.
Be aware that Windows Firewall settings will continue to be dimmed in the Security Center and in the network properties of the client computers because these settings are configured by Group Policy.
To install this update, follow these steps:
- Install the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Update for Windows XP SP2. To obtain this update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D70097C2-4317-40E0-B7DA-FEB52C6B6386&displaylang=enFor additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online ServicesMicrosoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
The Windows Small Business Server 2003 Update for Windows XP SP2 includes the System.adm file. In Windows XP SP2, this Group Policy administrative template file manages Windows Firewall.
Note You do not have to restart the server after you apply this update. However, to update Group Policy on the Windows XP SP2-based client computers, either restart the client computers or run the gpupdate /force command on the client computers.
- If you want to modify the Group Policy setting that is configured when you installed the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Update for Windows XP SP2 in step 1, install the hotfix that is described in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 842933 "The following entry in the [strings] section is too long and has been truncated" error message when you edit or view Group Policy in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, or in Windows 2000
The update does not include the .adm files that you must have to manage the additional Windows XP SP2 settings for Internet Explorer and Windows Update. You use the Inetres.adm file and the Wuau.adm file to manage Internet Explorer and Windows Update settings. To manage the Windows XP SP2 settings for Internet Explorer and Windows Update, install the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack on a Windows XP SP2-based computer. You can then manage the Group Policy settings from the Windows XP SP2 computer that is running the Administration Tools. For additional information about the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack, visit the following Web site:
Article ID: 872769 - Last Review: Mar 29, 2017 - Revision: 3