You cannot connect to a computer that is running Windows Home Server

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SYMPTOMS

You cannot connect to a computer that is running Windows Home Server.

CAUSE

This issue can occur if the Windows Home Server-based computer is on a different subnet than the computer that you are using. By default, a Windows Home Server-based computer is configured to accept connection requests only from computers that are on the same subnet.

RESOLUTION

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To resolve this issue, configure the Windows Home Server-based computer to accept connections from computers that are on a different subnet. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type Firewall.cpl, and then click OK.
  2. On the Exception tab, click Remote Desktop, and then click Edit.
  3. In the "Edit a Service" window, click Change scope.
  4. Click Any computer or Custom list. Then, click OK two times.

    Note If you select Custom list, type the subnet number or the IP address for the client computers.

    Security information
    • Of the three options in the list of scope settings, the My Network (subnet) only option is the more secure setting. This setting does not allow computers that are on a different subnet to connect to the Windows Home Server-based computer.
    • If you select Any computer, the firewall is open to connections from the Internet. This is the least secure setting.
  5. On the Exception tab, click Windows Home Server Transport Service. Then, click Edit.
  6. Repeat step 3 and step 4 for the Windows Home Server Transport Service service.
  7. On the Exception tab, click Windows Home Server Computer Backup, and then click Edit.
  8. Repeat step 3 and step 4 for the Windows Home Server Computer Backup service.
  9. Try again to connect to the Windows Home Server-based computer.

STATUS

This behavior is by design.

MORE INFORMATION

Typically, all the computers in a home network environment are on the same subnet. When all the computers are on the same subnet, you do not experience the issue that is described in the "Symptoms" section.

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Article ID: 939758 - Last Review: August 1, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Windows Home Server
Keywords: 
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