Firewall considerations for debugging in Visual LANSA after applying EPC830 to V11 SP5

Date: 15 September 2008
Product/Release: Visual LANSA V11 SP5 & EPC830
Abstract: How to avoid Windows firewall blocking the new V11 SP5 debugging service
Submitted By: LANSA Technical Support

From EPC830 for Visual LANSA V11 SP5, there is a new LANSA debugging mechanism. Refer to the LANSA Online Guides for further details. This new mechanism starts a debug listener service when starting up the Visual LANSA IDE. If you have Windows Firewall enabled, you might get the following screen when logging into Visual LANSA as the IDE is starting up.

Windows Security Alert - Windows Firewall has blocked some features of this program

You should elect to Unblock this program if you wish to debug within Visual LANSA.

If you wish to avoid this security alert popping up every time you start the IDE, you can add this program as an exception in the Windows Firewall. This will allow the service to be automatically started every time the IDE is started.

Add this program as an exception in the Windows Firewall

Note: Depending on your firewall settings, you may not get a notification that the Windows Firewall has blocked the LANSA debug service. In which case, the most obvious indicator of the debug listener service not being automatically started during login to the IDE is if you set a breakpoint in your LANSA source code and the debug does not stop at the breakpoint.

In which case, you should check your debug setting under the menu Options -> Settings -> Debug and Restart the service if necessary.

Check your LANSA debug setting under the menu Options -> Settings -> Debug