Windows

Configure Microsoft Windows Home Server to allow remote access

By Josh Hoskins

Windows Home Server (WHS) is an upcoming product from Microsoft that will bring a host of features currently only available in corporate networks to home users. Among the features is the ability to remotely access your home network. This is not just limited to remote desktop access to your PCs, but also to your network shares (set up on Home Server).

Setup and configure
The first step in remotely accessing your network is to set up Windows Home Server. Once this is done, you will need to create a user account on the home server. Microsoft recommends that you use the same username and password that you use on your local PCs. This will help when you access shares on the Home Server from your desktop PC.

When you create a user, you need to make the decision whether or not to allow this user to access the system remotely. To grant remote access permission, check the box "Enable Remote Access for this user".

If you change your mind later, you can edit the properties of this user by right clicking on the user in the Windows Home Server Console, and selecting properties.

This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic article and as a TechRepublic download.

6 comments
jeff_barbanell
jeff_barbanell

I would really appreciate if you can help me. I have a Westell Versalink c90-327W30-06 Modem/Router. I am trying to get the cpapbility to come into Windows Home server created homepage from another computer. since the modem/router is not capable of UPnP, I have manually opened port 80, 443, & 4125. I still can not get the server software on remote access to give me a check mark on the router accepting Web site connections & the next one is accepting Remote Access Connections. The only way to make that happens it seems is if I allow IP passthrough of the server. Which of course is not the best thing to do. Do you have any ideas? Thanks a lot for all you help.

AllGeek2Me
AllGeek2Me

Yes. The microsofties have found yet another tempting situation that sounds good. 10, 9, 8, 7,6, my 2? CDN

bsit
bsit

I am not familiar with Home Server but if this is anything like other remote connections try opening port 3389 normally used for remote access with Terminal Service. This needs to be an Incoming TCP in your router. Port 80, 443 are outgoing only, don't make them Incoming. Port 4125 is for Remote Web Workplace and needs to be Incoming as well.

Fil0403
Fil0403

Yeah, this is just a revenue stream, I can't imagine something like this ever being useful to anyone. *rolling eyes*

t.a.wiser
t.a.wiser

Microsoft in "Generating revenue by releasing new products" shocker? Surely not. It's a company. That's what companies do.

crazy_driver_78
crazy_driver_78

He is not a Microsoft hater, he is a Micro$haft hater.