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setting up windows 7 as a file server

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  • I want to know if you can setup windows 7 as a file server. I am going to have 2 users connect to my pc but they will be on different networks. If this can be done please let me know if not please let me know how I can do this without using server 2003 or 2008.
    Friday, September 18, 2009 8:16 PM

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  • I want to know if you can setup windows 7 as a file server. I am going to have 2 users connect to my pc but they will be on different networks. If this can be done please let me know if not please let me know how I can do this without using server 2003 or 2008.

    So do you mean remotely over the public internet? You can configure Windows 7, at least Windows 7 Ultimate, as a PPTP VPN server. In that case you would need to forward TCP Port 1723 through any router or firewall the server is behind. Additionally the router or firewall must pass GRE Protocol 47 traffic which can be problematic with some consumer grade routers.

    Alternatively you might try setting up a Secure Shell [SSH] server on the Windows 7 machine and have your clients use a program like WinSCP to access files remotely.

    Keep in mind that the licensing restrictions, at least for Windows 7 Ultimate, only allow 20 maximum connections at a time. Additionally the built-in PPTP VPN server will only accept one incoming connection at a time which is by design.
    MS-MVP Windows Desktop Experience, "When all else fails, read the instructions"
    • Marked as answer by Novak Wu Tuesday, September 22, 2009 1:52 AM
    Sunday, September 20, 2009 2:52 PM