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Windows® 7 Resource Kit by Tony Northrup Mitch Tulloch and Jerry Honeycutt

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Understanding Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (also referred to as Windows Firewall in this chapter) is a host-based, stateful firewall included in the Windows Vista operating system and later versions that can be used to specify which types of network traffic are allowed to pass between the local computer and the rest of the network. Specifically, Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is:

  • A host-based firewall designed to protect the local computer, as opposed to a perimeter firewall designed to protect the entire internal network.

  • A stateful firewall that can inspect and filter both inbound and outbound packets for both IPv4 and IPv6.

Windows Firewall with Advanced Security can also be used to protect ...

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