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Windows Firewall: Allow logging



Allows Windows Firewall to record information about the unsolicited incoming messages that it receives. If you enable this policy setting Windows Firewall writes the information to a log file. You must provide the name location and maximum size of the log file. The location can contain environment variables. You must also specify whether to record information about incoming messages that the firewall blocks (drops) and information about successful incoming and outgoing connections. Windows Firewall does not provide an option to log successful incoming messages. If you are configuring the log file name ensure that the Windows Firewall service account has write permissions to the folder containing the log file. Default path for the log file is %systemroot% -> system32 -> LogFiles -> Firewall -> pfirewall. log. If you disable this policy setting Windows Firewall does not record information in the log file. If you enable this policy setting and Windows Firewall creates the log file and adds information then upon disabling this policy setting Windows Firewall leaves the log file intact. If you do not configure this policy setting Windows Firewall behaves as if the policy setting were disabled.


Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsFirewall -> DomainProfile -> Logging # LogDroppedPackets HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsFirewall -> DomainProfile -> Logging # LogSuccessfulConnections HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsFirewall -> DomainProfile -> Logging # LogFilePath HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> WindowsFirewall -> DomainProfile -> Logging # LogFileSize

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Network -> Network Connections -> Windows Firewall -> Domain Profile

Notes

* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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