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Is there a way to create a group, or add to an existing group, to a rule in Windows Advanced Firewall (preferable through a command prompt or WSH script).


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Rules in the Windows Firewall can be bundle together and activated or deactivated as a group.

With netsh advfirewall command you can add rules to the Firewall. Use the switch group= for manage the AdvFirewall groups.

Use something like this:

netsh advfirewall firewall set rule profile=domain group="Remote Desktop" new enable=Yes
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Thank you. But, that tells me how to change an existing group. I want to know how to either add a group, or put one of my rules in an existing group. –  frogstarr78 Oct 28 '11 at 2:34
With this commmand (Netsh advfirewall firewall set) you can create or change and existing rule and move it from its group. This works for what you need. Try it. –  Ricardo Polo Oct 28 '11 at 3:01
Alright, so what's the syntax for creating a new group? I tried: netsh advfirewall firewall set rule Group="SmarterTools Administrative Interfaces" new and receive the error 'No rules match the specified criteria' –  frogstarr78 Dec 24 '11 at 18:06
@RicardoPolo, sorry to tellyou, but the command to add a rule is netsh advFirewall firewall add rule... but none of the modifiers of this command allows to create a Group –  XtianGIS Feb 10 at 14:43

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