How to add Firewall Exceptions For Remote Assistance Using Group Policy?
I am trying to enable some firewall exceptions on our Windows 7 clients using group policy. The main exception is "Remote Assistance" and here is what's happening. I have setup all of the remote access policies under Administrative Templates -> System -> Remote Assistance AND Administrative Templates -> Network -> Network Connections -> Windows Firewall -> Domain Profile . Even with those policies set, I still have a "Remote Assistance" exception in the windows firewall on the client machine unchecked. (See attached screenshot. This is from my own workstation where it is checked but there is a good amount of users where their's are unchecked). If you manually check that exception, everything works. What I would like to know is if there is a way to check that final exception using Group Policy.
FYI, I've tried the method by using 'netsh firewall' and 'netsh advfirewall' commands in the startup scripts section under Windows Settings as well as the login scripts section under user configuration, but neither worked. This will be an easy problem to fix going forward with new images, however I have some support personnel that would like to begin utilizing this feature now if possible. Touching each machine by hand to make the changes is something that nobody here has time for. If we did, we probably wouldn't have an urgent need to use remote assistance :)
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
After following rileys RSoP suggestion. I found certain GPO's disabling it