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Any way to start it back up or regain access remotely? We don't have anyone onsite as the server is collocated in another state. Obviously they shouldn't have done what they did, and I'm just trying to get access back. Any help is appreciated.

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It sounds like somebody stopped more than just the Windows Firewall service. At this point, you need to have somebody onsite to bring services back online. No real workaround there. – Rilindo Nov 8 '11 at 17:11
I've seen this a bunch of times. I can't tell if it's new "features" in Windows 2008 or if a lot of people are just pushing it out via their Policies. – Jeffery Smith Nov 8 '11 at 17:21

This assumes your policy doesn't drop ALL network traffic of course

Do you have powershell installed? If so:

Get-WMIObject -computer WKLEGWEBSRVFP01 Win32_Service -Filter "Name='Windows Firewall'" |Start-Service

should do the trick.

If not, try the sc command. I don't have a Windows 2008 box handy so I don't know the actual service name, but if you do

sc \\<servername> query

You'll get a list of services. Find whatever windows firewall actual service name is and execute

sc \\<servername> start <firewall service>
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