By default, the Windows firewall will block incoming connections to a database server. This installation guide provides instructions on how to add exceptions for the database server to your firewall. However, you may prefer to disable the firewall completely so as to simplify the installation process or to rule out the firewall as a possible cause when troubleshooting an issue.
IMPORTANT: If you choose to disable the firewall on Windows, it is critical to ensure that your domain has effective site-wide security measures to prevent unauthorized access to your database server.
How to disable the firewall on Windows
- Open the Windows Control Panel:
- On Windows 7: Open the Start menu and select All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Control Panel.
- On Windows 8.1 or Windows 10: Open the Start menu and, in the programs list, select Windows System > Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel, select System and Security.
- Under Windows Defender Firewall, select Check firewall status.
- In the list to the left, select Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off.
- Under Domain network settings, select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended).
- Under Private network settings, select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended).
- Under Public network settings, select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended).
- Click on OK.
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