Small office windows file server and domain controller setup.

My friend has a small business, he has a few employees already.

What he is looking for is to have a solution to manage information/doc/email and access controls.

My first thought is to get a windows server 2012 r2 working as a domain controller, set up user group, users. The next stage is to set up a windows file server to be joined into the domain, set up file access permission for various users ...

Can anyone here please share some suggestion/video/references so I can simply follow instructions step-by-step?

Thanks.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Take a look at Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials - the replacement for Microsoft's Small Business Server.  Some features (like e-mail) are cloud-based, but integrated.
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rindiCommented:
This is not just done by setting up servers via videos etc. You need to maintain the system and that needs proper training. If you don't have that knowledge already keep your hands off and get in professionals.

There are many serve environments that have been set up by hobbyists, and which then just have to crap up over time. They might even work at the beginning... If you call in the professionals later to clean up the mess, it will cost much more than if you do it properly from the beginning.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Sorry, but trying to setup a company network for PRODUCTION through videos and no experience is like trying to perform open heart surgery using the same methods - just plain unwise.

Proper setup is vital to long term success and videos won't give you all you need to know - and caution you against all you shouldn't do.

Get a pro to provide a proposal - your suggestion - two servers, one for a DC and one for a file server - as you've described, will cost NOT LESS than $4000 to be done right.  Of course, a professional solution for a small business could be proposed for about $2500 or less.  If you understand all the versions of Windows available and properly understand how the business works so you make intelligently recommendations that will benefit the business.
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yo_beeDirector of Information TechnologyCommented:
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Senior IT System EngineerIT ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Ok so if I use Windows server 2012 R2 essential and create single AD domain wouldn't be able to:

1. Upgrade to Windows server 2016 standard edition later on?

2. Use NAS from 3rd party vendor such as synology, thecus and D-Link as my file server ?
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rindiCommented:
Again, get professionals to get going. Also NAS need to be setup properly and require proper configuration and maintenance.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Ok so if I use Windows server 2012 R2 essential and create single AD domain wouldn't be able to:

1. Upgrade to Windows server 2016 standard edition later on?

Yes

2. Use NAS from 3rd party vendor such as synology, thecus and D-Link as my file server ?
Yes
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