How to change "File and Printer sharing" firewall exception scope in windows Vista ?

Posted on 2008-11-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
By default in Windows XP, "file and printer sharing" firewall exception scope was set to "local subnet". But sometimes I need more - for example 2 subnets to access shares. It was easy in XP - I could choose "change scope" button and do the job. But not in Vista. "File and printer sharing" firewall exception properties offers no way to change the scope.
How to change "File and Printer sharing" firewall exception scope in Windows Vista ?
Question by:siuf
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    Have you chosen the add a program exception on the windows firewall?

    Accepted Solution

    There is no "one click" option. The workaround is to use Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (Control panel --> Administrative Tools) and to add 4 inbound rules for ports TCP 139 and 445, and UDP 137 and 138. Then you can change the scope for each of these rules.

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