Set up work folders on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and clients


I want to Set up work folders on Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and my client machines.

My server in inside a Firewall with a public IP Address.
I can do port forwarding to access my Server from outside the firewall.
Also I can add Active directory services in my server.

What else do I need to do to get my work folders up and running:
1. On the server
2. On the client machines
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Technet has a complete walk-through available.
Windows 7 SP1 Pro and above are supported as are subsequent Pro or higher Operating systems.. W7 requires a download  see the (technet article).  Work Folders use a proxy either Web Application Proxy or ADFS proxy
ArikkanAuthor Commented:
My Server is not in a Domain. (I don't want to add it to a Domain or make it a domain controller).
I want to create local users and groups on the server for the work folders.

But when I go to "New Sync Share Wizard" to do that, it does not add the Groups/Local Users on the Server.
I allows me to select them via Add button, but after I click OK, I see no entries in the Wizard for the Groups/Users.

Am I doing something wrong?

Using following steps:

I am stuck at :
Create Sync Share
Step 9: Using Server Manager UI
Point (5.) Assign security groups for sync share access by clicking the Add button.......
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
One of the requirements is that you must have at least one Server 2012 R2 DC.  Non Domain joined computers can use the work folders as long as they login with their domain account in Work Folders.
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ArikkanAuthor Commented:
Here I see this

"To use Work Folders in full capacity (e.g., using Group Policy to set it up on clients), it's recommended (but not required) to have at least one domain controller (DC) running Server 2012 R2."
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
That is for domain joined clients and not non-domain joined clients .. note it references GROUP POLICY which is only applicable to domain joined machines. You are reading what you want to see but ignoring what you don't want to see.

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ArikkanAuthor Commented:
Hi David,

Thanks for the Explanation.
So, if I don't want the server machine to join any domain, do I have to make it a Domain Controller.
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