Access shared files and folders
Published: April 26, 2010
Updated: November 27, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
There are several different ways that you can access your shared folders on Windows Server 2012 Essentials from a device that is connected to the server:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials Launchpad
Remote Web Access
My Server app for Windows Phone
My Server app for Windows 8
You can use the Launchpad from any computer is connected to the server using the Connect My Computer to the Server wizard. For more information about connecting your computer to the server, see Connect computers to the server.
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. 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.
For more information about the Launchpad, see Overview of the Launchpad in Windows Server Essentials
You can access shared files and folders from any remote computer using the Remote Web Access website. From a computer within the server network, to access the Remote Web Access website, 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.|
You can access shared folder through your Windows Phone using the My Server app for Windows Phone. You can download this app from the Marketplace for Windows Phone.