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IPNat.sys and Windows 2003 Firewall

By sfl1964 ·
I am taking over for another Networking company. The company istalled a W2003 Server (R2). To save time and driving to administer this server I am trying to rem,otely access the server via Remote Desktop. That of course is a failure. Going through the proper procedures I can not check on the Windows Firewall settings if Remote Desktop is enabled. The error I always receive:
"Windows Firewall can not run because another program or service is running that might use the Network Address Translation component (IPNat.sys)"

I tried to shut ipnat.sys down via the 'command prompt' by either using 'sc stop ipnat' (nothing happens there it just says running the sc query command that a stop is pending) or by using net stop ipnat. With the latter command I receive the message 'The IP Network Address Translation Service could not be stopped'.

The weird thing is I can use remote desktop from a user computer but like I said, not from the outside.

Any tips and hints I surely would appreciate.

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