Rackspace Cloud Essentials - Creating an Inbound Port Allow Rule for Windows Firewall 2008
Creating an Inbound Port Allow Rule
1. Launch Windows Firewall with Advanced Security by clicking on Start > Administrative Tools > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
2. Select Inbound Rules in the left pane and click New Rule under Inbound Rules in the Actions Pane
3. The New Inbound Rule Wizard will launch. Select Port and click Next.
4. This screen is to determine if this rule applies to TCP or UDP protocol and all ports or specific port(s). Select either TCP or UDP and then either select all ports or select "Specific local ports:" and fill in the port(s) separating them with a comma if necessary. Click next to continue.
5. Since this is for an allow rule you will need to select weather to allow this traffic for all connections (secure and insecure) or only if the connection is secure. If you require the connection to be secure you can also specify if it also requires Encryption or if it overrides block rules. Click Next to continue.
6. On this screen you can select which profiles the rule applies to. Domain applies when the inbound connection is coming from a computer within the domain. Private applies when the inbound connection is coming from a source that has selected Private for it's profile. Public applies to all connections coming from a source whose profile is set to Public. You can select one, two or all three. Click Next to continue.
7. This is the screen were you will give the rule a name and any description you would like to specify. Click Finish to create the rule and go back to the main screen.
That covers the basics of what you need to know for connecting to, and setting up security for both Linux and Windows Cloud Servers. If you have made it through this entire guide, you know that this is a somehwat complicated process with, a lot of potentially new information to digest. The good news is that, if you use your server's backup capabilities wisely, you should only have to go through these steps once. In the next guide we show you how to save an image after of your Cloud Server. This is extremely useful for when you build your next server, you can use the saved image with the security already configured.
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