Best way to share files/folders in small office? Azure? Onedrive

Yashy
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Hi guys

There's a small office which I'm trying to help set up their infrastructure. They've only got around 3 to 4 people. There's network ports/switches etc. They have 3 to 4 PC's in there. They want a simple way to share files/folders in a centralised location, like a fileserver.

What would be the best way to do that? Would it be to get something like Azure files? How about OneDrive for Business? Or perhaps just using a NAS connected to the network?

Thanks for helping
Yash
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One Drive works, Drop Box works. For 3 or 4 people, this is probably your most economical choice. You can use SharePoint but that would add some cost.
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I'm a big Box.com fan and the MS Office integration works really well. Not a fan of Sharepoint or One Drive because it has too many sharing violation if/when you move around data. I believe the security is better than other file sharing platforms with Box too.
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I have used Box as well as Drop Box and Box works as well.
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Jose Gabriel Ortega CastroTop Rated Freelancer on MS Technologies
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I think that the best way to do is to get a NAS with 2 disks in RAID 1.

Because they would have 2 drives with the same information.

Cloud services work great as a solution as well.

It can be just 4 O365 accounts with license (O365 business premium) so they can use Sharepoint to save their files and manage versions and permissions.

Another point is to get an O365 Home subscription (which brings 5 licenses of basic software) and just use their one drive to share to each other (1tb each). The disadvantage is that they won't get sync like if It were a SharePoint site synchronized with one drive for business.

One last would be dropbox that I had been already said by my teammates earlier.

My option would be the 1st:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/servicedescriptions/office-365-platform-service-description/office-365-plan-options
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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Dropbox has LAN syncing
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I would get a Windows Pro station and share your data from that box.  Especially if you have larger files you want to save and manage.  I like it because you can do much more management wise, backups, scripting, VSS, power shell, previous versions and so much more.  You can also just leave it in the server room and RDP into it.  Even RDP into it from home.

My local brick and morder store MicroCenter sells them with a 1T drive for about $230 as referbs complete with Windows Pro.
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Thank you and good luck with your chosen solution.

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