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Enable remote access to a computer with XP SP2 firewall enabled

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My applications uses remote access to computers for configuration purposes. For example, registry, stop/start services, accessing shares etc.

On computers with XP SP2 firewall enabled it seems that there seems to be no connection at all, eventhough Ping works.

The configuring computer runs with a user with administrative priviledges on the remote computer.

When I disable the firewall everything works fine.

Any idea's what needs to be done to enable the remote access, even for a specific IP or user ?

thanks,
Dani

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by:JamesDS
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logindani
The reason you can't get at the machines is because the XP2 firewall has switched off access to Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance

Start, Settings, Control Panel, Windows Firewall, Exceptions Tab, enable the Remote Desktop and/or Remote Assistance checkboxes and hit ok

Cheers

JamesDS
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by:logindani
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Sorry, tried it doesn't work.

Just to clarify, I'm not trying to connect as a remote desktop but attempting to access the computers filesystem/registry etc. from a remote location on the network. For example open RegEdit and select Connect Network Registry. With administrative rights on the remote computer I would expect to get access.
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by:Paul S
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try opening these ports through SP2's firewall program

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then try the remote registry again.
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by:Paul S
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have you setup any exclusions for the network? you could just allow all ports open to certain ip addresses.
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logindani
Start, Settings, Control Panel, Windows Firewall, Exceptions Tab, enable the file and printer sharing checkboxes

Cheers

JamesDS
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