Using WinXP PC as firewall.

Discussion in 'General' started by CombatGod, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. CombatGod

    CombatGod New Member

    I'm using a WinXP PC as my router/firewall. I've been trying to open the ports for my Ubuntu/ISPconfig Webserver but it doesn't work. I've also tried to find software that I can forward ports or set a DMZ zone.

    The main reason I use a WinXP machine is because I want to have a separate firewall for all my Win PCs and just have the server set as DMZ with it's own firewall.

    Is this even possible with the windows Internet Connection Firewall?

    Or is there software available for windows which does the same thing?
  2. mphayesuk

    mphayesuk Member HowtoForge Supporter

    I dont think winxp is the thing to use... I would be using a hardware solution to put your web server into a DMZ and then your internal network will be protected.

    The inbuilt firewall for xp is not the greatest thing on the planet.
  3. Ben

    Ben ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    Well a real DMZ is not just a server behind a firewall, more ideal you have a firewall between the internet and your net, then your DMZ machines, than the inner DMZ Firewall and than the "normal" PCs. Everything else is not really safe just by saying forwarding all stuff to one PC, thats not a DMZ. Because if the "DMZ-PC" is hacked you can still access the rest of the LAN from that machine, but not if you have a firewall between that machine and your LAN.

    So it would look like this:

    WWW - FW - DMZ - FW - LAN

    I would not use Windows XP for that (even if you can, e.g. with Kerio or sth. like that), but in my eyes it is more easy using some linux with e.g. fli4l or ipcop for that.
  4. fobicodam

    fobicodam ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    i dont believe XP will allow you to do that.. its just a client OS, im doing it with win 2003 (the xp's server version) and it runs ok. :D

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