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Network firewall profile uses Standard profile

For some reason, the network firewall profile in our AD Domain environment that is effective for our workstations is the "Standard" profile. I tried disabling the standard profile with the netsh command unsuccessfully. The standard setting works, but, as I understand, the "Domain" profile settings should be used. The standard should only be effective if the workstation is removed from the Domain.
The Standard profile and Domain profile firewall settings serve two different purposes. The Standard profile is meant to be used when users aren't authenticating to a Domain Controller. The Domain profile is meant for when they are authenticating to a Domain Controller. Therefore, you can have, say, a stronger set of restrictions while out of the office as opposed to when they're in the office.

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This was first published in January 2005

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