Windows firewall change to allow all exe in a folder structure to be allowed

Hi All,


I would like to allow all exe in a folder structure to be allowed inbound in the windows firewall on Server 2012 Essentials.

This is to allow an accounting software to run from client PCs, the data is held on the server. To do this manually for each exe would take an age as the provider has a list as long as your arm of items which need to be allowed inbound.

is there a quicker way?

Gareth McKeeCEO/OwnerAsked:
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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
How are the clients connecting in to the server through the firewall?  Without any further details on your setup, I would recommend that the best way to do this would be to create a VPN on your router and have the users on the outside of the firewall connect through that VPN.  This would be a secure method of communication while still allowing the data to be transmitted through the firewall.  

I can't think offhand of any other way you could do this.  Firewalls are just not set up to control data at the file and folder level.
Gareth McKeeCEO/OwnerAuthor Commented:
all are local.

on the Sage website it mentions that several .exe's have to be 'allowed' and when I say several I mean a list as long as your arm.

I want to allow allow exe's in C:\program files\sage ...... for example.

Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
I'm a little confused.  Are your client machines on a separate network from the server with a firewall inbetween? Can you post a link to the information on the Sage website that you're referring to?
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Gareth McKeeCEO/OwnerAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I Know I am not being clear.

Same LAN segment, this is software firewall.

Ports are open to allow traffic but as with most modern antivirus/firewalls exe's have to be 'allowed'. Is there an easy way to allow all EXE's in a directory rather than 1 at a time?
I hope that is clearer.
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
OK - that does clear things up (and it looks like I didn't read your OP carefully enough!).  If you're using Windows firewall, I don't know of a way to allow specific programs except by allowing the .EXE for each program.  Assuming this is a trusted server behind a perimeter firewall, you could allow "All Programs" although there is some risk involved since it could allow malware that infects a workstation to also infect the server.  Assuming it's the server's firewall that's causing the problem, if you allow All Programs outbound only on the server end, it might work without compromising the server security too much.  And I should provide the caveat that I don't use Windows firewall, so I'm not that familiar with the ins and outs of configuring it.  Maybe someone else who's more familiar will jump in here and help you out.

If you're using a software firewall other than Windows, please specify it and I or someone else who knows that software can help.

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Gareth McKeeCEO/OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I will give that some thought.
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