Dual NIC PC - how to enable file sharing only on the private side



Hi, I am new to Vista, and I have a problem that is probably very common.

Vista Ultimate 32 SP1 desktop with dual NIC and ICS enabled. If I try to
turn on file sharing it gives me two options:
1) Convert the Public (Internet) network to Private. Why would I do that?
2) Turn on file sharing on all public networks. Yeah, right. Binding RPC to
the WAN adapter is suicide.

How do I enable file sharing only on my LAN connection? In XP it was as
simple as unbinding the right protocols and services in the network adapter

Is it possible that something as simple is this is not doable?

Thanks in advance,

Mick Murphy

Networking Vista and XP.


Have a read of the above link re Vista File and Printer Sharing.

Permissions/Share info is there as well.

If using Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro I.S., make sure file and printer
sharing is enabled in THEIR firewall (or LAN allowed, depending on how their
Exceptions are worded in their Firewall)

1st thing to do is make sure that the Workgroup Name of ALL the computers is
the SAME.

In Vista Network and Sharing:

Network Discovery: ON (So it can see the other computers)

Network set to Private (Public is for hotspots, airports, etc)

File Sharing: ON

Public Folder Sharing: ON (Vista’s Public Folder is the same as XP’s Shared

Password Protected: OFF (unless you want to set up identical usernames and
passwords (passwords can be different) on ALL computers in your Network) If
you have it ON, you will be asked for a username and password when you try to
access a Vista computer from an XP computer, or a Vista computer.

Also, run the XP’s Home or Small Office Network File and Printer Sharing
Wizard to include Vista in your “New†Network, even if you had an XP Network
set up prior to adding a Vista computer to it(redoing the Wizard seems to
work for XP machines!).

In “My Network Placesâ€: “Set up a Home or Small Office Networkâ€
OR under Accessories > Communications > Network Setup Wizard > Allow File
and Printer Sharing.

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