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Use Shared Folders in Windows Server Essentials

Published: October 1, 2012

Updated: April 2, 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.

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:

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.

When you want to copy or move shared files on Windows Server Essentials by using the Launchpad, click the Shared Folders tab in the Launchpad.

If you want to move a file or folder from one location to another in Shared Folders, you can use the drag-and-drop method in the same way as you would move files and folders on your computer. Open the folder that contains the file or folder that you want to move. Then open the folder where you want to move it to in a different window. Position the windows side-by-side on the desktop so that you can see the contents of both, and then drag the file or folder from the first folder to the second folder.

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When using the drag-and-drop method, you might notice that sometimes the file or folder is copied, and at other times it is moved. If you are dragging an item between two folders that are stored on the same hard disk, the item is moved so that two copies of the same file or folder aren't created in the same location. If you drag the item to a folder that is in a different location (such as another computer) or to removable media such as a USB flash drive, the item is copied.

If you want to copy files or folders from one location to another in Shared Folders, you can use the copy and paste method in the same way as you would copy files on your computer. Open the folder that contains the files that you want to copy. Right-click the files that you want to copy, and then click Copy. Right-click the folder where you want to paste the copied files, and then click Paste.

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.

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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 use Remote Web Access to create new folders in an existing shared folder, to rename files and folders, to move or copy files and folders, and to delete files and folders on your server. For more information, see the section “Create, rename, move, delete, or copy 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.

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 access shared folders through Windows 8 by using the My Server app for Windows 8. You can download this app from the Windows 8 App store.

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