How to create a Windows Firewall Inbound Rule Back

How to create a Windows Firewall Inbound Rule 

These steps show how to allow connections on TCP port using Windows Firewall on Windows 2012, 2016 etc.Here we are using port 8080.

1. Confirm port 8080 is opened/not opened. Open a command prompt and type: netstat -aon | more. In my sample output, you see that port 8080 is listed in the Local Address column. This means the port is opened: 

2. To open the port, open Windows Firewall:

  • Windows 7: In Start, Search, you can type Windows Firewall. Select Windows Firewall with Advanced Security.
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  • Windows 2012 : In Start, you can type Windows Firewall; which opens the Control Panel -> System and Security -> Windows Firewall. Click Advanced Settings:

 3. In Advanced Settings in the left-hand pane, click Inbound Rules. In the Actions pane on the right, click New Rule:

 4. In the wizard, select Port and click Next:

 5. Check TCP, check Specific local ports, enter 8080, and click Next:

 6. Click Allow the connection and click Next:

 7. Check your networks. In my environment, I checked all options. Click Next:

 8. Enter a rule name and click Finish. My rule name is 8080

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