> I had a brief look at Windows Firewall in Vista Ultimate, and I find it
> exposes far too low a level of detail in the ruleset, and there are so many
> default rules it is almost incomprehensible without careful study. I
> administer ISA 2006 and Firewall-1 boxes with hundreds of rules in the
> ruleset, so none of the concepts are foreign to me, but the UI in Vista
> Firewall just doesn't organize the vast numbers of rules in a way that makes
> them easy to follow.
Vista's built-in firewall, although superior to that of WinXP, is of a
rudimentary nature, intended to meet the simpler needs of most home
consumers (or business/enterprise clients already ensconced behind more
advanced perimeter defenses), so it lacks the sort of granular control
to which you're apparently accustomed.
One 3rd-party add-on (Sphinx's Vista Firewall Control
) might make the Vista Firewall a bit more
useful to you, but nothing but a completely independent product will be
able to provide the detailed control you want.
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