Enable Predefined Inbound Rules

Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security includes many predefined rules for common networking roles and functions. When you install a new server role on a device or enable a network feature on a client device, the installer typically enables the rules required for that role instead of creating new ones. When deploying firewall rules to the devices on the network, you can take advantage of these predefined rules instead of creating new ones. Using this advantage helps to ensure consistency and accuracy, because the rules have been thoroughly tested and are ready for use.

Administrative credentials

To complete these procedures, you must be a member of the Domain Administrators group, or otherwise be delegated permissions to modify the GPOs.

To deploy predefined firewall rules that allow inbound network traffic for common network functions

  1. Open the Group Policy Management Console to Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security.

  2. In the navigation pane, click Inbound Rules.

  3. Click Action, and then click New rule.

  4. On the Rule Type page of the New Inbound Rule Wizard, click Predefined, select the rule category from the list, and then click Next.

  5. On the Predefined Rules page, the list of rules defined in the group is displayed. By default, they're all selected. For rules that you don't want to deploy, clear the check boxes next to the rules, and then click Next.

  6. On the Action page, select Allow the connection, and then click Finish.