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.

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