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Enable pinging Server2008

One change Microsoft made with the Server 2008 Firewall was to disallow pinging the server by default. The other change is the Micrsoft built in firewall does not have a category for ping or ICMP. Instead pinging is restricted in the category File and Printer Sharing. To enable pinging of the server do the following:

  • Go into Start > Control Panel
  • In the Security section click on “Allow a program through Windows firewall’
  • Put a check in front of ‘File and Printer Sharing”
  • Click OK

You will now be able to ping the server. This is normally not an issue on my network as I use a 3rd party firewall solution. I would not recommend anyone trusting the windows firewall for production servers.

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