Posts Tagged ‘Control Panel’

FileMaker Server 12 Console + Java 7 Issue

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The latest Java 7 installer for OS X places a new control panel on the system, replacing the Java Preferences app. If you disable Java, the server console for FileMaker Server 12 will not open and no log entries are created.

If Java has previously been customized, you can resolve this issue by turning Java back on. There is a new System Preferences pane for Java 7. Click on the Java icon in System Preferences and unlike many software packages, a new Java Control Panel application opens.

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At the new Java Control Panel application, make sure that “Enable Java content in the browser” is checked.

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This is an important note to consider for FileMaker Server 12 administrators as Java 6 is reaching End Of Life next month, prompting many vendors to update their code in the recent past and not so distant future. Disabling java in Safari has no impact on using FileMaker Server.

Windows Firewall For Windows 7

Friday, March 9th, 2012

A firewall is a barrier between you and the Internet at large that filters information that your computer can receive. Companies usually have firewalls in place to keep certain kinds of websites, people, and information from being accessed from outside their networks, keeping sensitive info safe, and you focused on the job. Your home computer and/or modem can have a firewall built-in as well, acting as the gateway to your home network and the Internet.

NOTE: you might not be able to use a third party application until you add the application to the list of allowed programs.

Here is an explanation of the different options you can modify and customize:

Add a program to the list of allowed programs:

  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking the Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  2. In the left pane, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click Change settings.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  4. Select the check box next to the program you want to allow, select the network locations you want to allow communication on, and then click OK.

If an application needs a specific port that this being blocked you can also allow port traffic by:

  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  2. In the left pane, click advanced settings. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security dialog box, in the left pane, click Inbound Rules, and then, in the right pane, click New Rule.
  4. Follow the instructions in the New Inbound Rule wizard.

Block all incoming connections, including those in the list of allowed programs: this setting blocks all unsolicited attempts to connect to your computer. Use this setting when you need maximum protection for your computer, such as when you connect to a public network in a hotel or airport, or when a computer virus is spreading over the network or Internet. Word of caution with this setting, you wont be notified when Windows Firewall blocks programs. When you block all incoming connections, you can still view most websites, send and receive e‑mail, and send and receive instant messages.

  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  2. Check the box that says to block all incoming connections.

Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program
If you select this check box, Windows Firewall will inform you when it blocks a new program and give you the option of unblocking that program.

  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  2. Select the box that says “Notify me when Windows Firewall blocks a new program”

Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended)
This step is not recommended unless your system administrator has implemented another application to provide protection for your network.

  1. Open Windows Firewall by clicking the Start button, and then clicking the Control Panel. In the search box, type firewall, and then click Windows Firewall.
  2. In the left pane, click Turn Windows Firewall on or off. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Note: If some firewall settings are unavailable and your computer is connected to a domain, your system administrator might be controlling these settings through Group Policy or third party application like Symantec Endpoint Protection.

If you have trouble allowing other computers to communicate with your computer through Windows Firewall, you can try using the Incoming Connections troubleshooter to automatically find and fix some common problems.

  1. Open the Incoming Connections troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel.
  2. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Click View all, and then click Incoming Connections.

Note: Some material in this article was referenced from Microsoft directly from: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Allow-a-program-to-communicate-through-Windows-Firewall

Note: Stay tuned for more information about setting up Windows Firewall Using a GPO!