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How to migrate Windows Server 2008 (and Windows 7) firewall exceptions to a new environment?


  • SQL Server
  • Subversion
  • remote access?

Is if possible to use scripts like powershell?


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wf.msc allows remote management of Windows Firewall running on other computers. You could connect and then use copy/paste to paste rules to the remote machine.

The easier alternative though is to use Windows Firewall's import/export feature (either via wf.msc or through netsh: "netsh advfirewall export c:\somedir\rules.wfw").

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Thanks that did the trick –  Oscar Cabrero Mar 1 '10 at 19:27
Which of the alternatives did the trick? Didn't understand how to connect remotely using wf.msc...? –  tobefound Apr 1 '11 at 8:03

I did an export and import by selecting the rule and clicking copy. I then RDP'd into the other servers, opened Firewall rules and clicked paste. It copied the rule. I also did this with four other servers.

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This is, at most, a partial answer to the question. The question is how to migrate the entire exception set or chunks of it relating to a piece of software. –  Mark Jun 12 at 17:54

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