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04: How to use Remote Work Delivery Manager to apply Firewall policies

  1. Using a Windows 10 computer configure the Firewall Rules as desired.
  2. Then use the command below from an elevated CMD window to export the Firewall policy to a (.wfw) file.

netsh advfirewall export "C:\Temp\firewall-rules.wfw"

  1. Next, upload the firewall policy (firewall-rules.wfw) to an external hosting site such as Azure, Amazon S3, or Dropbox. For this example, I will be using Dropbox.
  2. Next, create a public link that points to the file you uploaded; this link should automatically download the file when used in a browser, note if your public link ends in a “0” you may need to change the “0” to “1” for testing in a browser.

  1. Next from your PolicyPak Cloud portal go to the “File Box” tab, then click “Add external link…”, next fill out the following fields with the relevant info for your public link, lastly, click “Validate Link…”, if the link is valid you will see a message stating “Link is valid”. 
     

Note: Clicking validate link also updates the “0” in your public download link to a “1” if needed.

           

  1. Once you receive the message “Link is valid” you can click “Save” and move onto the next step of creating the RWDM policy.
  2. Next, create a new RWDM policy, give the policy a descriptive name, and click the “+Policy” dropdown then select “+Delivery” to define the policy.




 


 

  1. Under the General tab click the folder icon next to “Source File” to select the external link to the firewall policy file you defined earlier, then fill out the rest of the tab with your desired settings. See the example below and pay special attention to the “Destination File Path” this value must be the full path including the destination file name and extension.

  1. Next, under the “Post-copy actions” tab choose Run PowerShell script and paste in the following command line before optionally defining a “Revert action” and saving the policy.
     

netsh advfirewall import "C:\Temp\firewall-rules.wfw"

Note: Since it’s only one command you could have alternatively used the “Run Process” field and pasted in the same single command line.

  1. That’s it, you are all done, now apply the policy to a computer group in PPC and test the policy on a PPC joined machine by running “ppcloud /sync” from a CMD prompt. You should see your RWDM policy in the list of applied policies and after the successful import, your new Firewall rules should be reflected in the Advanced Firewall GUI. See below for examples.

          The policy shows as applied after running "PPCLoud /sync" from CMD:


 

Endpoint Firewall settings BEFORE import:




Endpoint Firewall settings AFTER import:

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