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Configuring Windows Firewall

Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server have a simple built-in firewall. It is important to disable it or configure it correctly, otherwise you will not be able to run the server and your users will not be able to visit your computer! If you use a third-party firewall such as ZoneAlarm Pro or Agnitum Outpost, please refer to its manual to find out how to open the ports that you are going to use. The following is a step-by-step guide how to configure the standard Windows Firewall.

  1. Open Network Connections.
  2. Under [Dial-up] or [LAN] or [High-Speed Internet], right-click the connection that you want to use to access the server, and then click [Properties].
  3. On the Advanced tab, under Internet Connection Firewall, do one of the following:
    • If the [Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet] check box is unchecked, just close the window, because the firewall is disabled and it won't cause any trouble.
    • If the checkbox is checked, click Settings button and...
  4. If you use standard ports (HTTP=80 and FTP=21), just check [FTP Server] and [Web Server] checkboxes and click [OK]. If you use non-standard ports, click [Add], enter some name, for example, FEM-HTTP, set ports to TCP and enter the port number. Then click [OK] and add one more rule for FEM-FTP with your FTP port number.

If, after all, your server is not visible, perhaps you are connected to Internet via a router. This is often the case with GPRS networks or "cheap" local networks where a user only has a local internal IP and doesn't even have an external dynamic IP. If you are an unlucky user of the kind, you should know that some ISPs of such "cheap" networks offer an external dynamic or static IPs for an additional fee.