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Hello guys!

I recently got my hands on a HP proliant DL360 G6. I installed Windows Server 2012 standard on it. I currently have a VM of windows 8.1 on hyper-v running TF2 and ventrillo servers. I also have an array of 2 1TB HDD in raid 1 on it and I would like to use it as a file server for my family, that would be accessible localy eventually from the internet. I already have a VPN setup on my router so it's all good.

I wanted to know if it's possible to have a file server on 2012 without a domain? I mean more than just a shared folder that everyone in the house could use? I.E. my files require a password, and my public files don't etc. I know its pretty easy with a domain, but in a household its pretty useless.

Thanks in advance, I know it's an easy question but I can't quite find an answer elsewhere!

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Yes, it is possible. You can just load up a file server like Filezilla, set it to listen to a specific network port, then set your router to forward that port to the local ip address for the PC that the server is on.

Then put a FTP client on what ever PC you are planning to use remotely.

For the client PC you just have to have to external ip address for your modem, port to the server, and login information.
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For sharing files over the network just for the LAN...so far as I know you set up network shares. There's no reason that shouldn't work. No domain necessary. I haven't tried this in practice myself yet but there's no reason it wouldn't. 2012 is still windows at some level after all.
 
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If you dont have a domain, then you will need to have permissions setup on the file server with the accounts you want to have access. For instance, if you share folder A and you want Person A to have read write to that folder, but you want person B to have just read, you would need to create 2 local accounts on that file server with passwords, setup the folder with those permissions, and when the individuals map to that file server, they will need to use those credentials to map to it. It is best practice to set share permisions to Everyone - Full Control and set the NTFS permissions to your desired settings.
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It's possible to set it up as a file server without a domain. You'll just need to set the share and NTFS permissions properly. I would set the share permission to give the Everyone group full control and then filter your NTFS permissions accordingly. You can then map the network drives normally and your family members can start putting their files on it.
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