Brick wall

Brick wall

One way to permanently get rid of the Windows Firewall is to disable the service in the Services Manager, or set the startup type to “Manual”. Today I learned that it is not enough to disable the “Windows Firewall” service when you are on a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 Server. You also have to disable the “Base Filtering Engine” if you do not want to hit a big red brick wall (also known as “Block mode”).

More on the topic in the Technet blog and this Technet article.