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Ports to open on Mountain Lion Server for Windows

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Ports to open on Mountain Lion Server for external ip Windows machines to access?

  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)

    If you are using Windows file sharing on a Mac server, it automatically sets itself to allow those ports to be allowed through. If you are using a separate firewall then it is not the Mac you need to configure. However it is not a good idea to allow these ports to be usable directly over the Internet. You should instead setup a VPN server (which could be the Mac server). The PC would connect to the VPN server and then be able via the VPN connection to contact the file server.

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,720 points)

    Here is the list of well-known ports used with Apple products.


    In general, yes, use a VPN to restrict access to a server that doesn't need to be publicly-accessible, and don't open ports to the Internet.  The Internet gremlins can and will find the open ports, and can and will poke at them.  Incessantly.  Even if the gremlins don't breach your system security due to a protocol-level vulnerability or a poorly-chosen password, they'll certainly fill your server logs trying.


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