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Properly Configure Windows Server 2008 and later Firewall Settings

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Posted: 01 Jul, 2018
Windows Server 2008 or later

The Windows firewall and security settings are different in the Server platform starting with Windows Server 2008.  Please follow these steps to properly configure a Windows Server platform to enable BRU Server client-server communication.

Configure the Agent to run as Administrator

Open an Explorer window and enter the C:\Program Files (x86)\TOLIS Group\BRU Server Agent Configuration folder

Right click on the AGENT.EXE file and select "Properties" from the menu.  On the Properties dialog, select the "Compatibility" tab.  Select the "Run as Administrator" checkbox and apply the change.

Agent Properties Setting

Configuring the Firewall and Security Settings

The next step is to properly configure the firewall to enable the multi-port access that BRU Server's client-server communication requires.  As previously mentioned, BRU Server requires ports 14441-14450 to be open for bidirectional communication.  Unfortunately, utilizing the "Enable Application" in the general firewall settings does not accomplish this.

Open the Server Manager app and select the "Local Server" in the navigation panel.  In the Properties segment, click on the Window Firewall setting link:


Local Server Settings

This will open the Windows Firewall dialog.  Click the "Allow an App or Feature through Windows Firewall" link in the left pane. 

Windows Firewall Configuration

Scroll the list to locate the "BRU Server Agent Configuration" app entry.  Click the "Change Settings" button and then click the check boxes next to the app name and for both private and public networks.  Click OK to apply and save the settings.


Allowed Apps Dialog

Adding the Additional Ports Required.

Back on the Windows Firewall dialog, click the "Advanced Options" link on the left side.  This will open the "Windows Firewall and Advanced Security" dialog.  Click the "Inbound Rules" option in the Navigation panel and then click the "New Rule" in the right hand list.

Windows Firewall and Advanced Security Dialog

This opens the "New Inbound Rules" wizard.

Inbound Rules Wizard

Select "Port" for the Rule Type and  Click "Next".

Protocols and Ports Panel

In the following panel, select the "TCP " and "Specific local ports" options.  In the text field, enter "14441-14450" and click "Next"

Action Panel

Select the "Allow the connection" option and click "Next."

Profile Assignment Panel

This will open the Profile panel to select which networking profiles to which the rule should be applied.  Check all three check boxes and click "Next".

Name and Description Panel

Finally, add a name and description for the new rule and click "Finish".


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