Solved Map Drive to Windows Server 2008

June 11, 2013 at 02:31:37
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to connect half a dozen people to a File on a Windows Server 2008 R2. I have asked the users to Map a drive.
When connecting directly via a company network or using for example a 3G Wireless Dongle there are no problems. I have users however that are using Wireless Routers at home and they "cannot find the Network". We have tried turning off the Router Firewalls but to no avail.
Can anyone advise me how to get over this problem please.

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June 11, 2013 at 03:42:13
You have a public IP for the server and you have allowed SMB access on your firewall? (Pretty stupid thing to do IMO, but that's your choice.) or are your users connecting via a VPN? You need to give a few more details of your network.

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June 11, 2013 at 04:07:41
Hi there,
This is a temporary fix whilst new application is being built.
I have 3 MS Access Front Ends with Back End located on server.
There is a pool off 6 people from which maybe up to 3 will be on at any given time.
The Front End obviously point at the folder location on Server.
Hence have asked users to Map a drive to location. As I say some can connect without any problem but others can't. It appear the Router is the common factor.

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June 11, 2013 at 05:34:32
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Some ISPs block the SMB protocol because they believe it has no business being on a public network. They're probably right. Do it right and set up a VPN.

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