Disabling Windows Server 2008 firewall

You can disable Windows Firewall using the Registry; the relevant settings are in


Under there, you will find three keys: DomainProfile, PublicProfile and StandardProfile; each of them contains a value called EnableFirewall, which controls the firewall state for that profile. If you set all three values to 0, Windows Firewall will be completely disabled.

If you want to do this for an offline system, you'll need to load that system's Registry into Regedit; the file to load is C:\Windows\System32\config\SYSTEM. You'll also need to find the right ControlSet to configure, because CurrentControlSet is only available at runtime; when operating on an offline Registry, you'll need to choose the correct one between the various ControlSet00x you'll find under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Select can help you here.