Quote from -OC-Pik4chu
The reason I suggested to turn off your firewall for the moment was for troubleshooting it. Eliminating the chance that you just set it up wrong while you figure out where the problem is. This is most easily accomplished by first disabling anything that could be blocking it until it starts working. Then go back and re-enable things one at a time until you find out what is preventing access to your server and thus you know what to fix.
So the first step to figuring out why no one can connect to your server is
1) disable your windows firewall/firewall software, then try to connect via localhost from the same computer.
2) if that works, re-enable the firewall and try again, doesnt work? now you know the problem.
3) if that still works, then try from the outside, this way you know that any problem isnt with your server and its most likely your router/outside connection that is causing the issue and not the config on the server itself.
Its just your average troubleshooting steps, start with least restrictive then continue to lock it down until you find what breaks it.
Thanks for the troubleshooting tips. I'll give it a shot the next time I get a chance to mess with it!