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

Vincent Garczynski 21 Reputation points
2022-01-25T00:23:00.953+00:00

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
    2022-01-25T00:52:53.83+00:00

    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.
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/troubleshoot/windows-server/networking/service-overview-and-network-port-requirements#server

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  1. Vincent Garczynski 21 Reputation points
    2022-01-26T16:07:52.02+00:00

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