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How To: Configure Windows XP SP2 Firewall to work with ArcGIS Server

Summary

Instructions provided describe how to configure Windows XP SP2 Firewall to work with ArcGIS Server.

Note:
Windows XP Service Pack 2 must be installed to complete the procedure below, which outlines the steps required to configure Windows Firewall for ArcGIS Server.

Procedure

When upgrading Windows XP with Service Pack 2, a firewall titled 'Windows Firewall' is installed and enabled. The default settings for the firewall cause Windows XP to block all incoming connections to ArcGIS Server. To work around this, create exceptions for port 80, port 135, ArcSOM.exe and ArcSOC.exe in the Windows Firewall settings.

  1. Navigate to Windows Firewall.

    Start > Settings > Control Panel > Windows Firewall

    Note:
    The firewall is enabled by default, the 'recommended' setting.

  2. Click on the Exceptions tab.
  3. Click 'Add Port'.
  4. Add the following information:

    Name: Web Port (http)
    Port Number: 80
    Type: TCP

    Click OK.
  5. To add port 135, click 'Add Port'.
  6. Add the following information:

    Name: DCOM (ArcGIS Server)
    Port Number: 135
    Type: TCP

    Click OK.
  7. Click 'Add Program' to add an exception for ArcSOM.exe.
  8. Click 'Browse' and navigate to:
    <ArcGIS Install Directory>\bin\ArcSOM.exe
    For example: C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\bin\ArcSOM.exe

    Click OK.

  9. Click Add Program to add an exception for ArcSOC.exe.
  10. Click 'Browse' and navigate to:
    <ArcGIS Install Directory>\bin\ArcSOC.exe
    For example: C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\bin\ArcSOC.exe

    Click OK.

  11. The ports and programs entered should now appear in the list of Programs and Services. Verify that check marks appear next to each component.
  12. Close Windows Firewall.

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