Description of the DebuggerFirewall utility that makes the Visual Studio Remote Debugger work through the Windows XP Service Pack 2 firewall

INTRODUCTION

To use remote debugging with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET or with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later versions, the Microsoft Windows firewall on both the local computer and on the remote computer have to be configured correctly. The DebuggerFirewall configuration utility performs most of the configuration automatically to permit debugging.

MORE INFORMATION

The configuration utility is an HTML application (.hta) file. Download the configuration utility and then run the configuration utility on both the local computer and the remote computer that is running Windows XP Service Pack 2. Do this after you have installed the Visual Studio Remote Debugger and the remote debugger components. The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
DownloadDownload the Debuggerfirewallconfiguration.exe package now. (http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/5/7/857e38ca-34f2-47e8-8300-56405f85fc4c/debuggerfirewallconfiguration.exe)

Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

The configuration utility automatically configures the Windows firewall as needed to permit remote debugging. You have to be an Administrator on the computer that you are using to run the utility.

The configuration utility does not do the following:

  Configure DCOM on your Visual Studio. NET or Visual Studio 2005 computer
  Provide remote script debugging
  Provide remote Web server debugging
  Provide debugging for users who are not Administrators

APPLIES TO
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Academic Edition
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Architect
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Enterprise Developer
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 Professional Edition
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Academic Edition
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Architect
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Enterprise Developer
  Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Edition
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition
  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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