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Steps to Configure the Windows Firewall for InduSoft Remote Access

Many functions and features of InduSoft Web Studio support remote access from other computers on a network.  Remote access connectivity to a computer from other computers on a network is controlled by the Windows Firewall.  If you want to allow remote access to InduSoft functions and features, then you will need to configure the firewall to allow remote access.  You can, of course, simply turn off the Windows Firewall to allow unrestricted remote access, however for security reasons this is not recommended.  It is recommended instead that the Windows Firewall be correctly configured to allow remote access to the specific InduSoft Web Studio programs providing the functionality and features that are needed.

The following instructions for configuring the Windows Firewall apply to Windows 7 and later and Windows Server 2008 R2 and later.  If you have questions about configuring the Windows Firewall for other versions of Windows operating systems, then please contact InduSoft Technical Support.

Launch the Windows Firewall

Open the Windows Firewall from the Windows Control Panel.  You should see something similar to the following,

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Click the link labeled Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall” (Windows 7) or “Allow Programs to communicate through Windows Firewall” (Windows 8). You should see something similar to the following:

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If the button labeled “Allow another app” or “Allow another program” is not selectable, then you may need to click the button labeled “Change Settings” to enable the ability to allow an application through the firewall.

Allow remote access to the InduSoft Web Studio runtime

If you are running the InduSoft Web Studio runtime and you need to support remote web thin clients or Secure Viewer clients or you anticipate the need to connect to the runtime with remote Database Spy or LogWin, then the InduSoft Web Studio runtime program needs to be allowed to communicate through the Windows Firewall.

From the Allowed apps window of the Windows Firewall, click the button labeled “Allow another app”.  The Add an app dialog is opened.

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Click the button labeled Browse.  The Browse dialog is opened.  Browse to the Bin folder of the InduSoft Web Studio installation folder (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin or C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin, or for version 8, C:\Program Files (x86)\Wonderware InduSoft Web Studio v8.0\Bin), select the application called Studio Manager, and click the button labeled Open” as shown in the examples below:

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Studio Manager is added to the “Add an app” dialog.  Make sure that Studio Manager is selected and click the button called Add.  The “Add an app” dialog is closed and Studio Manager is added to the list of allowed apps as shown below (Windows 7 top, Windows 8 bottom):

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Tic the checkboxes that apply to the networks for which you want to allow access.  Click the button labeled OK when you are done.

Allow remote access to the Remote Agent

If you need to run the Remote Agent so that you can connect to the runtime computer from your development computer using Remote Management, then the Remote Agent program needs to be allowed to communicate through the Windows Firewall.

From the Allowed apps window of the Windows Firewall, click the button labeled “Allow another app”.  The Add an app dialog is opened.

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Search through the list of Apps for Remote Agent.  If you don’t find Remote Agent in the list of Apps, then click the button labeled Browse” to open the Browse dialog.  Browse to the Bin folder of the InduSoft Web Studio installation folder (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin or C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin or for version 8, C:\Program Files (x86)\Wonderware InduSoft Web Studio v8.0\Bin), select the application called CEServer, and click the button labeled Open” to close the Browse dialog.  CEServer is added to the list of Apps.  Select Remote Agent or CEServer from the list of Apps and click the button called Add”.  The Add an app dialog is closed and Remote Agent or CEServer is added to the list of allowed apps as shown below (Win 7 top, Win 8 bottom):

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Tic the checkboxes that apply to the networks for which you want to allow access.  Click the button labeled OK when you are done.

Allow remote access to the Studio Database Gateway

If you have an InduSoft runtime on another computer that needs to connect to the Studio Database Gateway on the local computer (e.g., to support database redundancy), then the Studio Database Gateway program needs to be allowed to communicate through the Windows Firewall.

From the Allowed apps window of the Windows Firewall, click the button labeled Allow another app”.  The Add an app dialog is opened.

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Click the button labeled Browse to open the Browse dialog.  Browse to the Bin folder of the InduSoft Web Studio installation folder (e.g., C:\Program Files (x86)\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin or C:\Program Files\InduSoft Web Studio v7.1\Bin or for version 8, C:\Program Files (x86)\Wonderware InduSoft Web Studio v8.0\Bin), select the application called StADOSvr, and click the button labeled Open” to close the Browse dialog and add StADOSvr to the list of Apps.  Select StADOSvr from the list of Apps and click the button called Add”.  The Add an app dialog is closed.  Repeat for the application called StADOSvr35StADOSvr and StADOSvr35 are added to the list of allowed apps as shown below (Win 7 top, Win 8 bottom):

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Tic the checkboxes that apply to the networks for which you want to allow access.  Click the button labeled OK” when you are done.

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