Remotely Disabling Windows XP Firewall

I needed to remotely access a Windows XP system with pcAnywhere or SSH (the system is running OpenSSH for Windows, but was unable to do so, because the Windows XP Firewall on the system was blocking the connectivity. The system had been upgraded to Service Pack 2 some time ago, but I hadn't had to remotely connect for troubleshooting until now. When Service Pack 2 is installed on a Windows XP system, the Windows firewall is turned on by default. I didn't want to have to drive to the location of the system to troubleshoot, since I was sure I could resolve the problem in just a couple of minutes, if I had access to the system via SSH or pcAnywhere.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop the firewall service, if you have access to another system in the domain. In this case I was able to connect to the domain controller and use it to manage the computer that was blocking pcAnywhere and SSH access with the Windows Firewall on the system. I used the following steps on the Windows 2003 SBS 2003 server to disable the Windows Firewall on the system running Windows XP SP 2.

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on All Programs.
  3. Select Administrative Tools.
  4. Select Computer Management.

    Computer Management - Firewall

  5. Right-click on Computer Management (Local) and select Connect to to another computer.

    Computer Management - 

  6. Type the other computer name, e.g. pc1, or browse for it and then click on OK. You should then see the other computer name displayed after "Computer Management" at the top of the window, rather than "Local".
  7. Then click on Services and Applications and then Services. You should then see Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) with a status of "Started".

    Computer Management - Firewall

  8. You can then right-click on the service and select Stop to stop it.

You don't have to run the procedure from the domain controller, but can do it from another XP system in the domain as well. Log in as the domain administrator and click on Start, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and then double-click on Computer Management and follow the same steps as above from the point where you start Computer Management.

The next time the system is restarted, Windows XP will restart the firewall service. You could also right-click on the service again and select Start to restart it. If you don't want it to restart when the system restarts, you can double-click on the service name and then change the startup type from "automatic" to "manual" or "disabled".


TechRabbit ad 300x250

Justdeals Daily Electronics Deals1x1 px

Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional

Created: August 8, 2005