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The advanced security settings for Windows Firewall that you deploy by using a Group Policy object (GPO) are not displayed in Windows Vista or in Windows 2008

Consider the following scenario:

  • In a domain environment, you use a Group Policy object (GPO) on a server to deploy advanced security settings for Windows Firewall to some client computers.
  • You log on a client computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.
  • To check the Windows Firewall settings for your user profile on the client computer, you type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:
    netsh advfirewall show all profiles

In this scenario, the advanced security settings for Windows Firewall that you have deployed are not displayed. Only the local security settings for Windows Firewall are displayed.

However, in Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, the advanced security settings for Windows Firewall are displayed as expected.

Note: To open Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, at a command prompt type the following command, and then press ENTER:
wf.msc

There is a download that resolves this issue. See Hotfixes for details.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB973509.

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