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Hi we are going to build a server for a small community, maybe running windows server 2012, I am looking for some advice this server will have all important documents files and so on and the will be local shares created for sharing between users, now the owner would like to be able to access edit the files over the internet and give permissions to administrators to also edit some files over the internet from other offices. Which is the best way to go ? by the way cloud storage is out of the question they want to use there own server. thanks guys I know I get great help here from great people
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You could use FTP. It is very easy to set up and you can add new users very easily.
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Hi we are going to build a server for a small community, maybe running windows server 2012, I am looking for some advice this server will have all important documents files and so on and the will be local shares created for sharing between users, now the owner would like to be able to access edit the files over the internet and give permissions to administrators to also edit some files over the internet from other offices. Which is the best way to go ? by the way cloud storage is out of the question they want to use there own server. thanks guys I know I get great help here from great people

If this for a community (company?) you probably want some security involved which would mean using a VPN technology like OpenVPN. Will everyone only access the documents from their laptops/desktops remotely? Or will they want to use other devices like phones and tablets? How much storage is required? Is a web interface required? Are we talking office documents like excel/word/powerpoint? How about how much money are they willing spend if anything? The more details the better on this sort of thing.

I haven't tried it myself but i have seen a lot of people mention OwnCloud. Of course if it's server 2012 I assume sharepoint-and-friends have that remote access thing all built in so a third party thing like owncloud may not be necessary.

Edit: on closer inspection I only see linux packages available for the server so that may not work. Unless you spun up a VM with Hyper-V. Which wouldn't be a bad idea.
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SFTP could fit the bill. Don't go for the plain FTP though, it's very insecure.
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If this for a community (company?) you probably want some security involved which would mean using a VPN technology like OpenVPN. Will everyone only access the documents from their laptops/desktops remotely? Or will they want to use other devices like phones and tablets? How much storage is required? Is a web interface required? Are we talking office documents like excel/word/powerpoint? How about how much money are they willing spend if anything? The more details the better on this sort of thing.

I haven't tried it myself but i have seen a lot of people mention OwnCloud. Of course if it's server 2012 I assume sharepoint-and-friends have that remote access thing all built in so a third party thing like owncloud may not be necessary.

Edit: on closer inspection I only see linux packages available for the server so that may not work. Unless you spun up a VM with Hyper-V. Which wouldn't be a bad idea.
Hi thank you for your help. Sorry for leaving some details out, yes I would like it to be safe, ftp is out of the question cos important Documents will be shared and mostly office documents as you pointed, , and maybe some video files,remote access will be from laptops/desktops no web interface required. As for the os we are not sure yet the active directory directory services will not be used and the server will not be acting as a domain/dhcp/dns so that brings us to the point if windows server 2012 is worth using.
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If it's just for pure file sharing and not domain integrated, I would save money and go with CentOS, or some other Linux distro. You could easily set up SFTP (natively in Linux, unlike with Windows) or if you wanted to stick with Windows you could do FTPS (FTP over SSL). You would have to buy a cert from GoDaddy or something like that, which would cost somewhere around $100/yr, but it would have the simplicity of FTP with SSL encryption.

Still though, I say Linux with SFTP or OwnCloud (which can be installed on Windows, under IIS -- just have you set up a Web server with PHP and import the PHP installer, and run that).
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