Solved

Windows 7 Firewall Question with Peer to Peer network and VPN.

Posted on 2014-12-18
9
288 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-28
I have two small peer to peer networks at separate locations connected with a SonicWall site to site vpn. I have a Windows 7 Pro machine at one location that I have a shared folder on that users use as a "pseudo" server. I would like the users on the other side of the vpn to have access to that folder but Windows 7 is seeing that network as being a public network and not allowing access to the shared folder. Turning the firewall off on that machine allows access but that's not an acceptable solution. Is there a way to allow or to tell Windows firewall the other network is private or trusted ?
0
Comment
Question by:raysteinhauser
9 Comments
 
LVL 79

Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40509619
if it has a static ip address you can allow that address in the firewall settings
0
 
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Davis McCarn
ID: 40509708
Your easiest fix is to change it to a Work network instead of Public.
0
 

Author Comment

by:raysteinhauser
ID: 40510190
Both sides are set to work, it appears since they are on different subnets across the vpn it is seeing the other side as public.
0
Backup Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Backup all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

 

Author Comment

by:raysteinhauser
ID: 40510193
What would I allow through the firewall ? Can I set an exception to allow the entire subnet for the other side of the vpn ?
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:Fred Marshall
ID: 40510297
Here is an article that deals with this.

It's a matter of setting up firewall scopes for File and Printer sharing rules that are already there.
Just add the remote subnet.
Windows-7-File-and-Printer-Sharing-betwe
0
 
LVL 24

Accepted Solution

by:
VB ITS earned 500 total points
ID: 40511977
What would I allow through the firewall ? Can I set an exception to allow the entire subnet for the other side of the vpn ?
Yes you can.

Go to Control Panel > open Windows Firewall > click on Advanced settings on the top left corner > click on Inbound rules in the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security window that appears > locate the File and Printer Sharing (SMB-In) entry on the list that is assigned to the Public group and right click it > go to Properties > go to the Scope tab > in the Remote IP address box, click on Add > in the This IP address or subnet field type in the subnet for the remote network (e.g. 192.168.1.0/24) > OK > OK when done
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:raysteinhauser
ID: 40512159
Perfect answer, thanks.
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:Fred Marshall
ID: 40513590
It seems to me that SMB-In is only one of the firewall rules that might be productively changed.
As in the instructions I provided.....
0
 

Author Comment

by:raysteinhauser
ID: 40520962
Nothing personal, I saw both solutions and was prepared to try them both. I tried the other one first because it was one paragraph and it worked so I gave him the points. Thank you both for responding.
0

Featured Post

Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article offers some helpful and general tips for safe browsing and online shopping. It offers simple and manageable procedures that help to ensure the safety of one's personal information and the security of any devices.
Container Orchestration platforms empower organizations to scale their apps at an exceptional rate. This is the reason numerous innovation-driven companies are moving apps to an appropriated datacenter wide platform that empowers them to scale at a …
This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows Live Photo Gallery and show you various editing filters and touches to photos you can apply. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Photo Gallery on Windows 7 operating system.

808 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question