Understand shared folders
Updated: November 27, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Windows Server 2012 Essentials enables you to store your files in a place that is always available, always on, and reliable.
The following shared folders exist on the server by default:
If media sharing is enabled on the server, then the following share folders are also available to you for storing your data; Music, Videos, Pictures, and Recorded TV.
You can request the person responsible for the server to create additional shared folders as needed. For step-by-step instructions to create a shared folder, see Add a server folder.
Using the shared folders link on the Launchpad, you can upload or downloads files to any of the shared folders that are listed by dragging and dropping files between the local computer and the shared folders. Shared folders enable you to stream music and videos, play slideshows, or recorded TV programs on any computer that is connected to the server, or can play a slide show to view pictures.
The shared folders are also available to you using Remote Web Access, or using the apps for Windows phone and Windows 8.
There are several different ways that you can access your shared folders on Windows Server 2012 Essentials from a client computer that is connected to the server:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad
Remote Web Access
After you connect your computer to the server, a Launchpad shortcut is added to notification area of your desktop. Double-click the Launchpad icon and enter your network credentials to access shared folders using the Launchpad. For more information about the Launchpad, see What is the Launchpad?
You can access shared files and folders from any remote computer using the Remote Web Access website. From a computer within the server network, open the Internet browser and type https://<servername>/remote. Using Remote Web Access, you can view and manage files on the shared folders. For step-by-step instructions, see the following:
Log on to Remote Web Access
Upload and download files in Remote Web Access
Move, delete, or rename files and folders in Remote Web Access
|Remote Web Access on the server must be turned on in order to access the Remote Web Access. For information about managing Remote Web Access, see Manage Remote Web Access.|
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click Start, and then type \\<servername> in the Start Search text box. Double-click a shared folder in the window to open it.
In Windows XP, click Start, click Run, and then type \\<servername> in the Open text box.
In Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click Start, click Network, and then double-click the computer icon next to SERVER. There may be more one than SERVER item in the list. Double-click the icon that displays the name of your server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials.
In Windows XP, click Start, and then click My Network Places. The shared folders that your user account has access to automatically appear.
|This does not work if your computer is joined to a Windows domain.|