After installing Symantec Client Firewall you experience problems connecting to shares while the firewall is enabled. When you disable the firewall, sharing works normally.
Symantec Client Firewall default rules that block inbound NetBIOS and Microsoft File and Printer Sharing are turned on when you install the product. To avoid the problem, add the connecting computer to the Trusted Zone if possible or disable the rules that are blocking the communication.
Trusted Zone To allow another networked computer access to shares on your computer, add the connecting computer to the Symantec Client Firewall Trusted Zone. Computers added to the Trusted Zone are able to gain access to the computer as if Symantec Client Firewall is not enabled.
Disable rules The following procedure explains how to disable the rules that prevent NetBIOS and File and Printer Sharing.
WARNING: Disabling the File and Printer Sharing and NetBIOS rules on a computer that is directly connected to a hostile network (such as the Internet) may compromise the security of your system. File and Printer Sharing and NetBIOS rules should only be disabled on computers that are already behind a network firewall or Network Address Translation (NAT) device. If you are connected to a hostile network, you can use the Trusted Zone to allow access without having to disable the NetBIOS rules.
To disable rules related to File and Printer Sharing
Find the Block Windows File Sharing rule, and uncheck it.
Find the Default Inbound NetBIOS Name rule, and uncheck it.
Find the Default Inbound NetBIOS rule, and uncheck it.
Find the "Default Block Microsoft Windows 2000 SMB" rule, and uncheck it.
Click OK. If you close the window instead of clicking OK, your changes will not be saved.
Once you have disabled these four rules, you should be able to use File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks with Symantec Client Firewall enabled.
These instructions are based on the default rules after installing Symantec Client Firewall. If you are using custom rules, then you need to modify the rules to allow traffic on the necessary ports. See References for more information.