One of the bright new areas of security on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 is the vastly improved Windows firewall. As you observe in Figure 8-10, the Windows Firewall has an improved interface that makes it easy to see what is enabled and disabled through the firewall.
Figure 8-10. Windows Vista has improved firewall reporting.
Both Group Policy and netsh commands are available to help manage the Windows firewall. Call on the netsh commands, and write scripts that can simplify the management of the firewall.
Of course, a firewall is not much use if you are not sure how it is configured. ...