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  • I saw that ports 80 and 443 needed to to be routed to my servers IP. Now my question is why would I want all web based traffic to hit the server? It sounds like a security risk... Also, on my old router I had port 443 and another RDP port forwarded to my server, yet I was always able to get access remotely. Any ideas or thought? My apologies if someone has answered this. For some reason I cannot get the search function to work correctly within the past 2 days.

     

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    James A+, Network+, MCP
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 8:39 PM

Answers

  • Actually with WHS 2011 you only need Port 443 forwarded to the server, which will give you https:// access. Port 80 is optional (for http://) although the Dashboard will probably tell you that your router is not working if you don't use Port 80, but you will still be able to access via https://.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Proposed as answer by Phil Harrison Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:54 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:52 AM
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:53 PM
  • The ports required for V1 were 443 and 4125, and optionally port 80. The ports for Windows Home Server 2011 are 443 and (optionally) 80. In both cases, the ports are in the product documentation, and the optional nature of port 80 is all over the forums (though admittedly the built in search is having issues ATM, the redirect to Bing works just fine). 

    If you don't want to forward port 80 to your home server, you don't have to (and some ISPs will block traffic on port 80 so it's a moot point anyway) but without port 80 your users will have to type the full URL including protocol to connect to your home server, e.g. https://jamesserver.homeserver.com instead of just typing jamesserver.homeserver.com. So it's a convenience, not a requirement.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:52 AM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:57 AM

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  • Actually with WHS 2011 you only need Port 443 forwarded to the server, which will give you https:// access. Port 80 is optional (for http://) although the Dashboard will probably tell you that your router is not working if you don't use Port 80, but you will still be able to access via https://.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    • Proposed as answer by Phil Harrison Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:54 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:52 AM
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:53 PM
  • The ports required for V1 were 443 and 4125, and optionally port 80. The ports for Windows Home Server 2011 are 443 and (optionally) 80. In both cases, the ports are in the product documentation, and the optional nature of port 80 is all over the forums (though admittedly the built in search is having issues ATM, the redirect to Bing works just fine). 

    If you don't want to forward port 80 to your home server, you don't have to (and some ISPs will block traffic on port 80 so it's a moot point anyway) but without port 80 your users will have to type the full URL including protocol to connect to your home server, e.g. https://jamesserver.homeserver.com instead of just typing jamesserver.homeserver.com. So it's a convenience, not a requirement.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Marked as answer by Ken Warren Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:52 AM
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 12:57 AM
  • One other thing I was curious to know is: Say I turn on media sharing on the music folder... Anyone can play that music. But does that also give them the rights to delete or modify the contents of the folder? I looked in the online help but it did not answer this.

     

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    James A+, Network+, MCP
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 1:18 AM
  • You set the properties per user in the Dashboard.

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 1:22 AM
  • No, I'm talking about the Media Sharing box in Settings. Not the per user but the actual Media Sharing feature.
    James A+, Network+, MCP
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 1:35 AM
  • Media sharing gives anyone who can connect to your server the ability to play (i.e. read) media. It works much the same way Windows Media Player sharing, or iTunes sharing, works.

    Only users who have access to the shared folder(s) the media is in, and who are accessing the media via the shared folder(s), can change/delete/add (i.e. write) media.


    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:52 AM
  • I logged into my server remotely to test streaming. The only thing that is available is Music. That is the only thing I turned on streaming for. My account has full access to the folders. Is there a way to give a "stream" permission to my account so I can stream from the web but only from my account?

     

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    James A+, Network+, MCP
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 1:50 PM
  • Please open another thread; this isn't related to your original question...
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 3:40 PM