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Secure Server Access with Windows Defender Firewall

You are working on securing your Windows Servers, and as part of the effort, you want to configure a domain isolation policy between the employee workstations and the application servers. You want to make sure that the employees can only log into an application server from a domain-joined client workspace. In order to do this, in this hands-on lab, you are going to configure a Group Policy to enforce Windows Defender Firewall rules between client and server VMs.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 15m
Clock icon Jan 26, 2023

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Configure the Active Directory Domain Services Environment

  2. Challenge

    Configure Group Policy for Windows Defender Firewall Rules

    • Create a Group Policy Object and link it to the server organizational unit
      • Edit the policy to Require authentication for inbound connections and request authentication for outbound connections to the server VM
    • Create a Group Policy Object and link it to the client organizational unit
      • Edit the policy to Request authentication for inbound and outbound connections to the client VM
    • Update the Group Policies on the virtual machines
  3. Challenge

    Confirm Firewall Rules Have Been Applied

    • Confirm that you can only directly remote into the client VM and not the server VM
    • From the client VM, confirm that you can remote into the server VM using the private IP address or the Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN)

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