Sharing data using Windows Firewall

I'm using a Windows 7 PC as a server and I have to leave the Windows Firewall off to access the data of the server.  What setting can I use to allow the data to be accessed and still leave the Windows Firewall on?
vitalev88Asked:
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Sajid Shaik MSr. System AdminCommented:
what kind of data you are accessing

what are the ports using to access the data..

go to firewall settings in exclusions add those ports... or Application

thats it
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Generally allow the addresses of the machines accessing this Windows 7 machine.

What happens (what error) if you access the Windows 7 machine using the following:

NET USE Z:  \\IP_address_of_server\folder
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vitalev88Author Commented:
I'm using the standard file sharing within Windows 7.  I'm not sure of the ports it uses.  Can you please tell me?  Thanks.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here are the ports you need and a Microsoft Article on file sharing

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/298804/internet-firewalls-can-prevent-browsing-and-file-sharing

What numerical error did you get when using NET USE to map a folder?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You may also have to set up User names and Password for EACH machine trying to access the Windows 7 Machine.

Make sure Network Discovery and File / Print Sharing is ON for every machine and that Homegroup is OFF for every machine. Restart any machine / all machines after making changes.
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vitalev88Author Commented:
I opened port 445 and 139 and it seems to be working.  Other than opening the ports, is there anything else I should do?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Nope, If that works, carry on.
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vitalev88Author Commented:
Thanks for your help with the problem.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are very welcome and I was happy to help you with this.
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