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Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Troubleshooting Guide: Diagnostics and Tools

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is an advanced interface for IT professionals to use to configure both Windows Firewall and Internet Protocol security (IPsec) settings for the computers on their networks. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is not for home users or for users who are not familiar with advanced firewall or IPsec technologies.


Home users should use the Windows Firewall program in Control Panel instead. To start the Windows Firewall program, click Start, click Control Panel, click Security, and then click Windows Firewall. Help for using the Windows Firewall program can be found either by pressing the F1 key while viewing the main Windows Firewall page or by clicking the links on the Windows Firewall dialog boxes.
To get help with Windows Firewall, go to Microsoft Support at

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, in Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows Server® 2008 R2 and Windows Server® 2008 is a stateful, host-based firewall that filters incoming and outgoing connections based on its configuration. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security also supports an RFC-compliant implementation of Internet Protocol security (IPsec), IPsec and firewall configuration can now be done together in this snap-in. This article describes how Windows Firewall with Advanced Security works, what the common troubleshooting situations are, and which tools you can use for troubleshooting.

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