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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.

Supported on:

At least Windows XP Professional with SP2

GPO PowerShell Regedit CMD

Not Configured - No registry values are specified.

Disabled - Any values that would be created by the policy in the registry are deleted.

Enabled - Adding, modifying or delete values in the registry.

User Interface can be found in the Group Policy.

Please navigate to Computer Configuration - Policies - Administrative Templates - Network - Network Connections - Windows Firewall - Domain Profile folder.