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RWW remote to Windows 8 Desktops not working with SBS 2011

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I have an SBS 2011 network running latest SP's and roll-ups, Pretty much an "out of the box" configuration.  Server is a new build, not a migration.  Client would like to use RWW to access machines remotely.  Almost all of the client workstations are running Windows 8.  

We cannot connect to any of the Windows 8 machines using RWW.  We can connect to the server, Windows 7, and XP machines using RWW.  We have verified that we also cannot connect to the windows 8 machines on the LAN using the Windows RDP client.

I suspect a group policy setting being the culprit, but have no idea which one or what setting to change.  We have not modified any default Group Policies or added any Group Policies.

Suggestions?

Thanks.
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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Try disabling the windows firewall first. SBS 2011 has policies that open up the RDP port for RWA to work properly, but as I recall, there were WMI filters that applies differing policies to Win7 and XP. This was necessary because XP used a different firewall that was significantly changed with Vista. The WMI filter may be preventing the policy from applying to Win8 so the port isn't being opened.

Disable the firewall to test. If that is the case then making the adjustment to the WMI filter and/or policy is fairly straightforward, but no reason to jump through that until we verify that the firewall is indeed the cause. I'd test lab it, but I'm not in front of my Hyper-V test-lab at the moment, so I cant look at my SBS 2011 test VM to verify.

-Cliff
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The link provided by binumicrosoft referencing compatibility mode did not correct the issue.

I will be Trying the first part of Cliff's suggestion in a couple of hours and will report back
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