Access Server share remotely using "\\Natted IP\shared folder"

Vincent Garczynski 21 Reputation points

We are storing our quick books company file on our new 2019 windows essential server. The problem is getting 2 of our remote users to access the company files. We are using Comcast Business and have purchased 1 Public IP for this new server. We have setup Natting and can currently RDP the server. What we cannot do is map a drive (\NattedIP\folder_Name) on the 2 remote computers to the folder containing the Company file, using the natted IP address. I have found many issues that are turned off by default on the server. I have enabled Private network, Ensured all necessary firewall rules are enabled for the Private network. I also enabled the SMBv1 on the server. Do we really need a VPN to get this working?Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Dave Patrick 426K Reputation points MVP

    Sounds like you'll need to port forward all the required ports. Yes, a VPN is recommended. Opening these ports to the internet is very risky.

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  1. Vincent Garczynski 21 Reputation points

    So we setup a server VPN and installed the Client on the 2 remote workstations and it is now working! Thank you Patrick!