Use Shared Folders in Windows Server Essentials
Published: October 1, 2012
Updated: January 15, 2014
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
This topic applies to a server running Windows Server 2012 Essentials or Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, or to a server running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed.
Windows Server Essentials provides a central location for all of your data and files through the shared folders that are located on your server.
The following topics will help you understand, access, and use shared folders on the server:
Access shared files and folders
Move, delete, or rename files and folders in Remote Web Access
Upload and download files in Remote Web Access
Move or copy files
There are several different ways that you can access your shared folders on Windows Server Essentials from a device that is connected to the server:
Windows Server 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 that is connected to the server by 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 the notification area of your desktop. Double-click the Launchpad icon and enter your network credentials to access shared folders by using the Launchpad. Using the shared folders link on the Launchpad, you can upload or download 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 record TV programs on any computer that is connected to the server, or you 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 by 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 Use Remote Web Access in Windows Server Essentials.
|Remote Web Access on the server must be turned on in order to access the Remote Web Access website. For information about managing Remote Web Access, see Manage Remote Web Access in Windows Server Essentials.|
You can access shared folders through your Windows Phone by using the My Server app for Windows Phone. You can download this app from the Marketplace for Windows Phone.
You can use Remote Web Access to create new folders in an existing shared folder, to rename files and folders, to move files and folders, and to delete files and folders on your server. For more information, see the section “Move, delete, or rename files and folders in Remote Web Access” in the topic Use Remote Web Access in Windows Server Essentials.
On the Remote Web Access Shared Folders tab, you can upload and download files. For more information, see the section “Upload and download files in Remote Web Access” in the topic Use Remote Web Access in Windows Server Essentials.
For information about copying or moving shared files or folders using the Launchpad or Remote Web Access, see Move or copy files.