Turn reporting of local changes on or off

Note This option is not available on Windows 8 and later.

If your firewall configuration differs from policy, you can turn reporting of local changes off.

Turning reporting of local changes off stops the firewall sending "differs from policy" alerts to the management console about changes made to the global rules, applications, processes, or checksums. You may want to do this, for example, when you are working in interactive mode, since these are settings that can be changed by using the learning dialogs

If the firewall configuration on this computer is intended to conform to policy, you should turn reporting of local changes on.

To turn reporting of local changes off:

  1. On the Home page, under Firewall, click Configure firewall.
    For information about the Home page, see About the Home page.
  2. Under Configurations, click Configure next to the location that you want to configure.
  3. On the General tab, under Reporting, clear the Display an alert in the management console if local changes are made to the global rules, applications, processes or checksums check box to turn reporting of local changes off.
    To turn reporting of local changes on, select the check box.