Disabling Windows 7 Firewall with GPO, Registry Reports Firewall Enabled

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    Looking to see if anyone has come across this issue. Currently, we have a firewall policy set to disable the Windows firewall on Windows 7 machines for the domain profile. It is applied to a seperate Computers OU (not the default) that our Windows 7 machines reside in. When the GPO is linked, you can go to the Control Panel firewall settings and it will show this:

    [ATTACH]4918[/ATTACH]

    When you go to the setting to turn Windows Firewall on and off, it has the following:

    [ATTACH]4919[/ATTACH]

    This indicates that the GPO is applying succcessfully. However, when you use the “netsh advfirewall show domainprofile state” command you get the following:

    C:Userseuphratesg>netsh advfirewall show domainprofile state
    Domain Profile Settings:


    State ON
    Ok.

    When you review the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsFirewallDomainProfileEnableFirewall” key it shows a value of 1 which is that the firewall is “on”.

    Can anyone spread any light as to why this is? Is the firewall off or really “on”?

    EDIT: Additional information, these are Windows 7 SP1 machines running on a Windows 2008 R1 SP1 DC.

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