Q. When you perform an ASR (Automated System Recovery) restore of Windows Server 2003 SP1, or R2, the Windows Firewall setting changes to 'On (recommended)'?

If you perform an ASR backup after disabling the Windows Firewall on Windows Server 2003 SP1, or Windows Server 2003 R2, and subsequently perform an ASR restore, the Windows Firewall setting in Control Panel may change to On (recommended) and the Startup type setting for the Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) service may be changed to Automatic.

This behavior occurs because ASR sets the Windows Firewall settings to On (recommended) during the install portion of an operating system restore and does NOT restore a service's Startup type if it is Disabled. To workaround this behavior, after the ASR restoration, use Control Panel to change the Windows Firewall setting to Off (not recommended) and insure that the service is stopped and its' Startup type is set to Disabled:

1. Open a CMD.EXE Window.

2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each line:

net stop SharedAccess>nul 2>&1
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess /V Start /T REG_DWORD /F /D 4

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