help setting up a basic file server windows 2016 standard desktop

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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What do you mean by "desktop" .  Set up Active Directory, Users and Groups and Users Shared Folders. Each user will have one. Set up a shared folder, say, Common and make sure it is shared to all users.

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Hi John

When I installed Windows Server 2016 it gave me the choice of having Windows 2016 Server standard or  the same with desktop.   My understanding is the only difference is that there is a Graphical interface.   I like that kind of thing so I took that.   The whole thing is essentially the same as far as I know
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The interface is for your usability. It does not really have anything to do with AD or users - just a tool to view them.
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Hi John,  a penny for your thoughts?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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What you see is "Server with Desktop Experience option".

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/get-started/getting-started-with-server-with-desktop-experience

Compared with the Server Core option, it requires more space on disk,and has higher servicing requirements. Unless your server hardware is more than enough and your Management needs to see its look, you will only need Server Core option.

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ok,  so I've installed that.   I have a lot of server here,  I'm not sure I'll have resource issues.   32 GB ram,  4 X 2tb hd's in Raid 10.
Would you recommend that I re-install windows?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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No.

Unless your servers have dedicated roles like Exchange or Sharepoint which needs to use all available resources.

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So,  I've never used this service before.   Do we ever get to the point where we talk or we do a screen share?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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What are the purposes for using the new servers?

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Sorry,  you did ask this originally  "Set up Active Directory, Users and Groups and Users Shared Folders. Each user will have one. Set up a shared folder, say, Common and make sure it is shared to all users"    The answer there is yes....
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The server has lots of memory and enough disk for most users but a bit light for big applications as noted above.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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So if you set all that up you have the makings of a file server.

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Indeed...

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Have I purchased your services yet?   Shouldn't I do that?  :>)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I have my plate full with my existing clients. Thanks anyway.

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So,  you won't be able to help me from here?
Business Consultant (Owner)
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I think you should get a local server consultant. You have enough there that it will not take a person long to do the setup.,
Jackie Man IT Manager
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What are your problems exactly?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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The other thing you can do here is set up a Gig for someone to help you for pay to set up your server, of Live which someone may log into your server and set it up. Both methods you pay for the services.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Thomas Higginson - you've asked a question on the form part of the site.  You can also create a gig and invite others to help you if you are willing to pay them.  You can review people's profiles and get an idea of whether you want to work with them or not.

Otherwise, if you don't want to pay them, you can continue asking questions but if the topic changes significantly, you'll probably want to ask a new question that isn't too broad or general.
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