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Windows 7: Is it possible to make a win7 computer a file server?

18 Jan 2010   #31
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

I still don't know why your internet connection IP is 10.x.x.x address. If it's the Netgear's way then i would question it's purpose. Personally I would invest in a Linksys. Unless someone can help solve this, i would be ready to hit the shops asap for a new router.


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18 Jan 2010   #32

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by palz View Post
Ok, if you guys are to help, please don't talk about bittorrent and porn and stuff

Anyway, I pinged 10.0.0.2 from another machine (10.0.0.4), and it failed. Which means there is no chance to access it from elsewhere.

Source:
NetGear

It wasn't about bittorrent or porn and stuff it was an episode of south park....


So how exactly did you want to use it as a file server???

Did you want to use it within your house or did you want to pull it from anywhere in the world on any computer?

I have my server set as a file server as well but it jut really depends on what you want because that depends on how its set up
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21 Jan 2010   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta
 
 

Well, I have a belkin router that I don't use because the wpa passphrase was changed to wep. The netgear one won't allow me to change the ip of any devices, even if dhcp is turned off.
My goal is to make my IP accessible from anywhere.

Ps: I've seen apache webserver on os x, should I drop iis?
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21 Jan 2010   #34

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

palz,

First of all, your 10.x.y.z IP is for your LAN, it's Local Area Network IP address, it won't be recognized on the Internet.
Second, what are you trying to setup here? A file server? A web server? What? Make up your mind.
Third, what is this with VPN? What does VPN has to do with File Serving...?

What exactly do you want to do...?
Can you clear this up?

zzz2496
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22 Jan 2010   #35

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Just to add something to confusion:

IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) has made a list about reserved IPv4 addresses for private networks i.e. addresses routers and modems can locally assign to computers and devices. IANA (Internet Assigning Number Authority) has accepted this list, so it's official. (RFC 1918 - Address Allocation for Private Internets, see chapter 3.)

Most commonnly used private IPv4 address serie is 192.168.0.0 – 192.168.255.255, for exapmle my Belkin routers assign IPv4 addresses from this series. Also quite widely used series is 10.0.0.0 – 10.255.255.255. The third reserved series, 172.16.0.0 – 172.31.255.255, is not very common.

These reserved IPv4 addresses are used only internally. When devices in a local network (home, work, school etc.) "talk" with each other, they are using these internal addresses. When they "go out", they all use the one and only external IP address as long as they are connected to the same router. Internal IP addresses are assigned to every network device in your network (computers, WLAN mobile devices, network printers and streamers and so on) but external IP address is always assigned to a router, meaning every computer under the same router have an independent internal IP address and they share the routers external IP address. To test this you can try to enter your external IP address to your browser and you'll enter your routers web interface.

Both internal and external IP's can be static or dynamic, about this you can read more in another thread.

When you type an web address in your browser, your computer asks from a DNS (Domain Name Server) the IP address of the given text string and your browser is then redirected there. For example, the Seven Forums real address is stored in these Domain Name Servers so you don't have to remember the series of numbers but can instead use names. It's easier to remember cnn.com, www.sevenforums.com or www.finland.fi than series of numbers.

By default normally your ISP determines which DNS server is used. I use OpenDNS which is a free service and IMO resolves the addresses a bit faster than my ISP's DNS.

You can change the DNS used by right clicking Change adapter settings in Network and Sharing Center, and then right clicking the connection you want to change, choosing Properties, and opening Properties for Internet Protocol Version 4:

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When you type 10.x.x.x or 192.x.x.x to your browser, it is recognized as an internal, private IP address. Because of that, the correct address is not checked from a DNS. It would not help, anyway; there must be millions of computers at this moment around the world using the same internal address as your 10.x.x.x, so it would be impossible for a DNS to redirect you to the right place.

Therefore, what you are asking is possible only when using IIS, Apache or similar server applications. Apache is a good alternative if you know what you are doing; it's far more difficult to setup and configure than IIS.

Kari


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23 Jan 2010   #36

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta
 
 

OK, I get it. But I've tried entering my external IP, and it gives a 404. BTW I did the DNS thing. In the dashboard, what "network IP" should I enter? Also, when I reset the settings, my router said something about avoiding a conflict with my ISP. [I use USA AT&T]

My router's internal IP is 10.0.0.1. Does it have an external one?
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23 Jan 2010   #37

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Go to http://www.WhatIsMyIp.com, it tells you your external IP at the moment.

Kari
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31 Jan 2010   #38

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta
 
 

Ok...
Well, I suppose I have one last question: With a dynamic external IP, how can I access this webserver from anywhere?
Quote:
Therefore, what you are asking is possible only when using IIS, Apache or similar server applications. Apache is a good alternative if you know what you are doing; it's far more difficult to setup and configure than IIS.
Please clarify.

New info: Internal IP: 10.0.0.227 (private LAN) External IP: Dynamic...
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31 Jan 2010   #39

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote:
Therefore, what you are asking is possible only when using IIS, Apache or similar server applications. Apache is a good alternative if you know what you are doing; it's far more difficult to setup and configure than IIS.
I disgress, Apache is MUCH easier to configure, not to mention way faster than the GUI driven setup of IIS.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by palz View Post
Ok...
Well, I suppose I have one last question: With a dynamic external IP, how can I access this webserver from anywhere?
Quote:
Therefore, what you are asking is possible only when using IIS, Apache or similar server applications. Apache is a good alternative if you know what you are doing; it's far more difficult to setup and configure than IIS.
Please clarify.

New info: Internal IP: 10.0.0.227 (private LAN) External IP: Dynamic...
You'd need a service like DynDNS.com's dynamic DNS resolver service. Once you handled that, you'd need to open your port in your router so that a communication request from the internet will able to reach your Web Server.

zzz2496
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02 Feb 2010   #40

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 & Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta
 
 

Ok, I configured DynDNS with my computer, added webserver to the services, and it doesn't work...

Please elaborate on how I should open a port....
Here's a link to a screenshot of the index of my router settings:
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