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

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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 ?
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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if it has a static ip address you can allow that address in the firewall settings
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by:Davis McCarn
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Your easiest fix is to change it to a Work network instead of Public.
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by:raysteinhauser
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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.
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What would I allow through the firewall ? Can I set an exception to allow the entire subnet for the other side of the vpn ?
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by:Fred Marshall
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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.
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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
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by:raysteinhauser
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Perfect answer, thanks.
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by:Fred Marshall
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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.....
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by:raysteinhauser
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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.
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