Have any o' ye e'er tried talkin' someone through disablin' th' bundled Windows Firewall? It’s pretty easy t' do if yer end-user knows what their Control Panel is and if they know th' difference betwixt an icon and an iPod, but sometimes, it’s just not that simple and ye can spend 15 minutes tryin' t' describe t' th' user what “doodads” and “thingamajigs” t' click on. Allow me t' introduce ye t'
– a nifty command line tool designed t' interface with th' Windows networkin' stack, pass the grog, by Davy Jones' locker! For example, t' disable th' firewall, enter th' followin' command in th' Run dialog, or from a Command Line:
netsh firewall set opmode disable
There are tons o' other options as well. Just go t' a Command Line and type
netsh help t' see all o' th' thin's ye can manipulate usin' netsh. For th' record, it took me user all o' 30 seconds t' copy/paste th' command into th' Run dialog and execute it, disablin' th' firewall and enablin' me remote access t' their contraption.