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Originally Posted by karmuhhhh View Post

This is kind of completely off-topic, but somewhat related. Technically speaking, Server 2012 is designed to run on a VM. Granted we are talking about Hyper-V, but the concept is the same. When installing Server 2012 on a dedicated, physical server and using Hyper-V to create more VM's, then all of the Server 2012 installations are running as a VM, including the VHD host (the "main" installation hosting all the other VM's).

Anyway, like it has been stated you can definitely run it off a VM so long as you allot it proper specs to run. Like Gunner stated take regular snapshots and you should be good to go!

now say it in english. all i got is go ahead and run it in VM smile.gif
post #12 of 15
Let me get this straight. You want to share files on your local network, and that's it, right? You don't even need a server for that. Just disable your home group, manually set the permissions on the files or folders you want to share, and then set the sharing options on the folder. Right click on the folder, hit properties. Security and sharing tab are what you want. Also, you'll want to go to control panel, network and sharing center, and adjust the global options as necessary. You can even set it to work password less if you're so inclined. No server necessary. No vms or server os to deal with and less headache. Even if you set up a "real" server, you would have to go through these steps, and more. Cut the headache, it really isn't worth it.

To get to the shared folders, just open start, and type "\\computername" on any other computer on the network. Make sure to disable home group on all the computers.
post #13 of 15
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Unfortunately I've already done that with nothing but headaches. Everything works fine for the most part, but there is just one computer where I can't access files and can't figure out why. On top of that I want more control, such as being able to manage which folders each user has access to. Though I'm not sure what you mean by disabling homegroup. I've tried sharing in homegroup, I've tried leaving homegroup and using a work network but neither seem to want to access files on one of my computers. Plus it's a pain to have to install all the user settings and recreating each user every time I get a new computer.
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now say it in english. all i got is go ahead and run it in VM smile.gif

Yup pretty much. Have fun! It's a VM so you can screw around with it all you want smile.gif
    
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post #15 of 15
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well i've been skimming through as many tutorials as i could handle without my head exploding and finally installed server 2012 in virtualbox. but even after all the reading, i'm really stumped as what to do to set everything up. here's essentially what i want to do:

have two levels of users. i'd like my username to have full access to any folders i share on my drive. while i'd like to have other standard usernames to have access to only certain folders on my drive.

i've installed server 2012 and ran all the updates. now i'm just at the dashboard screen. it says for #1 to configure this local server, so I assume that's the first thing i do. but what exactly should i do in those settings?
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