Small Business Server Windows Vista Policy Blocks Ping
Posted on 2011-04-23
I’m having issues between a 2003 SBS server and a Dell Latitude Laptop running Vista Business. All PCs and servers are X32. The laptop can ping the server and other workstations on the LAN, but those machines cannot ping the laptop. I can browse to the laptop through Network Neighborhood and using \\laptop. The laptop is getting an IP from the SBS server. When I ping the laptop from the server by machine name, it kicks back the correct IP but times out.
This laptop needs to access a geological app, (GeoGraphix), which runs in a client\server mode off a mapped drive on another server running 2003 R2. When I open GeoGraphix on the laptop, it can’t see the host server or any of the other PCs with the same installed app.
I figured that this had to be a firewall issue, so I started looking at my settings in Group Policy. Found a GPO called Small Business Server - Windows Vista policy. When I disable that policy, I am able to turn off the firewall on the client and GeoGraphix is able to see and access the projects on the server. I can also then ping the laptop from the server.
How can I edit this Small Business Server - Windows Vista policy to allow access to GeoGraphix? Why do I need this specific Vista policy anyway? Why can’t I just apply the regular Small Business Server Windows Firewall policy to his laptop? All the other GeoGraphix clients are running XPP X32 and are, (I assume), controlled by the Small Business Server Windows Firewall policy…and can connect to the server database fine.