Windows Vista Screenshots and Tasks

Table of Contents

Windows Vista Screenshots and Tasks 1

Security 1

Control Panel > Security 1

Windows Security Center (default settings) 2

Windows Firewall 3

Firewall settings 3

General tab 4

Exceptions tab 4

Advanced tab 5

File and Printer Sharing 6

Network Sharing 6

Turning on sharing 7

Network map 11

Customizing your Desktop 13

Sharing Media - Help info 14

How do I turn on sharing? 14

What are the privacy and security implications of sharing? 14

What are the network and firewall requirements? 14

Why am I prompted to set up sharing? 16


Security

Control Panel > Security



Windows Security Center (default settings)



Windows Firewall

Click on Windows firewall



Firewall settings

Click on Change settings


General tab


Exceptions tab


Click on Exceptions




Advanced tab

Click on Advanced



File and Printer Sharing

Network Sharing


Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Sharing (default settings)



Turning on sharing

Turn on File and Printer Sharing in the Network and Sharing Center



The following screen shows File sharing and Public folder sharing turned on


Click on Change above to put the new settings in effect


Now you see this prompt



Click OK.


Click on How does sharing change firewall settings to see Sharing Media - Help info (below)


Firewall settings will now be changed as follows:


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For example - your Mac can now ping your Vista machine


Network map

The Network Map now shows other computers



Login to a Mac may fail



For the username use the format <IP address><username>, e.g.: 192.168.0.12\user1.


Customizing your Desktop



Sharing Media - Help info

To see the following click on How does sharing change firewall settings when turning on File sharing

How do I turn on sharing?

For instructions about how to turn on sharing, see Share your media with other people or devices.

What are the privacy and security implications of sharing?

For information about maintaining your privacy and security when sharing your media, see Privacy and security considerations when sharing media.

What are the network and firewall requirements?

Media sharing is supported on wired and wireless private networks (such as those typically available in homes) but it is not supported on public networks (such as those available to the public in coffee shops, airports, and libraries). If your computer is on a domain network (the type of network available in some workplaces), your network administrator can control whether or not you can use the media sharing feature.

Your devices must be on the same subnet as your computer. Most home networks consist of a single subnet. However, if you have multiple routers attached to your home network, you probably have multiple subnets. If you have multiple routers in your home and you have trouble sharing your media to certain devices, try connecting those devices to the same router that your computer is connected to.

To share media to other devices or to play media in other libraries, several firewall ports on your computer must be open. If you are using Windows Firewall, the required Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) ports are automatically opened when you turn on media sharing. If you are using a different software or hardware firewall, you might need to open these ports manually.

The following table shows the firewall ports that must be opened if you want to share media to other devices.

Port

Protocol

Scope

554

TCP

local subnet only

1900

UDP

local subnet only

2177

TCP, UDP

local subnet only

2869

TCP

local subnet only

5004-5005

UDP

local subnet only

10243

TCP

local subnet only

10280-10284

UDP

local subnet only

If port 554 is already in use (for example, by Media Center Extender), ports 8554-8558 will be used instead. If ports 5004 or 5005 are already in use, ports 50004-50013 will be used instead.

The following table shows the firewall ports that must be opened if you want to play media in other libraries.

Port

Protocol

Scope

7000-7007

UDP

all subnets

Note that you won't be able to use the media sharing feature if Internet Protocol security (IPsec) is enabled on your computer. Typically, IPsec is automatically started if your computer is joined to a domain-based network (the type of network typically used in large businesses or organizations).

If you want to use the media sharing feature and your computer is configured to start IPsec automatically, open the Administrative Tools folder in Control Panel (Click to open Administrative Tools If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.). Next, open the Services tool, configure IPsec Policy Agent to start IPsec manually (instead of automatically), and then restart your computer.

Because setting IPsec to start manually might prevent your computer from connecting to other computers on your network, after you are done using the media sharing feature, you should reset IPsec to start automatically, and then restart your computer.

Why am I prompted to set up sharing?

When media sharing is turned on and the Player detects a new device on your network, you will be prompted to set up sharing with that device. Click the message, and then do one of the following in the dialog box that appears:

  1. To allow the device to access the default media types in your Player library, click Allow.

  2. To deny the device access to any media in your Player library, click Deny.

  3. To choose which media types to share with this particular device, click Customize Sharing.

See also

  1. Troubleshoot problems

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