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I'd like to begin setting up a local Sharepoint server (not online version) for a nice document repository. We can spin up Windows 2012 servers and plan to do 2016 next year (so SP 2019 is out for now, but I would like to know more about it).  We're looking to have four of us access the repository at first and then expand later.

I dabbled in Sharepoint 2007 a dozen years ago with the whole MOSS deal and honestly it got way too complicated with out consultant and we never used it to its full potential. I hear 2019 has all sorts of streamlined content but for now we have to build 2016.  As I mentioned we can't go online with our materials like the 365 route but a simple local server would do just fine.

So, after doing some research, I'm curious what the EE community has to say for what guides and online training they've used, free preferred.

Thanks.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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To get a good start I suggest SharePoint Foundation 2013. It's a freebie but can be hooked into SQL Standard for all of the back end performance.

Make sure to set up the necessary domain based service user accounts prior to setting up SharePoint via wizard.

Tune SharePoint with the domain user accounts for things like search crawl.

From there, configure each library to be used with versioning, major and minor, and check out/in.

Once the above is done you are good to go.

Down the line, the SQL database can be prepped then migrated to a full version of SharePoint.
Shaun VermaakSenior Consultant
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PluralSight definitely. This is a link to essential but there are 100s of training courses and conference videos
https://app.pluralsight.com/library/courses/sharepoint-2016-essentials/table-of-contents
Kevin MSystems Engineer

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Thanks guys. Our requirements state that we would have to host on-prem so I'm looking for materials as to hoe to set up a simple 2016 server on a 2012 R2 box.
Kevin MSystems Engineer

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@Phillip I've got the server set up with SharePoint Foundation 2013--my big sticking point was the error with installing the  "Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role", which was circumvented by copying ServerManager.exe into ServerManagerCMD.exe. MS's script is written for the latter.

Now that I've moved on and making content, I'm just wondering what you mean by:

"Make sure to set up the necessary domain based service user accounts prior to setting up SharePoint via wizard."
--We're going to be using AD accounts to access it and not that many. I'm past all of the initial wizards and wasn't prompted to set up service accounts.

"Tune SharePoint with the domain user accounts for things like search crawl."
Where do you specify that?
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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This document outlines what I am referencing as far as accounts to set up and use.

SharePoint Admin is where everything is set up.

When you work on the Search Crawler page it will flag if it can't crawl. The search service needs a user account associated with it that will have permission to crawl all of the libraries on the site despite setting unique permissions for some.
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I don't seem to have had to setup any of those accounts.  I think we need to simplify it here by conveying our environment/

We have a virtual server where we installed SharePoint Foundation 2013.
It is accessible on our intranet and has the default links (Documents, recent, etc).
I created a document library.
I don't see anything about a Search Crawler page.

We wish to:
1. Take a massive amount of folders from off our network storage and make them more searchable in Sharepoint.
2. Restrict access to just our department's AD accounts.

That's really it for now. There's Sharepoint calendars but we already have them in Outlook, there's assets but we use Samanage for that.

All we really need is that. Thanks very much for your help and any advice you can provide. I'm looking online for best practices for Document Libraries in SPF 2013, or even a step-by-step guide reflecting them.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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You will find the Service Accounts setup in SharePoint Central Administration along with the Search Crawler setup:

SharePoint Admin
Service Accounts Management
Crawl Settings
Kevin MSystems Engineer

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Thanks Phillip, will do today.
Kevin MSystems Engineer

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Well, this stuff isn't coming together as we had hoped and very disappointing. The trouble I've always had with Sharepoint is it makes everything overly complicated.
All we want is a searchable Document Library, and we downloaded SharePoint Foundation 2013.

I want to copy 12 GB of IT department files from our Windows 2012 server into the document library, and be able to search them quickly.
The search function isn't displayed on the top of our library like 2016/2019 has.
I have no idea how or what to configure in Farm Search Administration, or why we need it.
I have no idea why we have to mess with service accounts, and it only gives us the attached options.

I'm also starting to think we have reduced functionality by using this older free program, which I thought we could get away with for our limited needs, but if I can't get even this working the PTB won't spring 5K for a Sharepoint server license.

If there were a FAQ to get this stuff setup then it would be great, but once again, Sharepoint information is in pieces and good luck finding an actual set of directions for free version SPF 2013.

Very frustrated.
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Kevin MSystems Engineer

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I'll revisit after the break. Search doesn't appear on top of the library like I thought it would.
Have a good Thanksgiving weekend if you're in the US.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage
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In Canada so our Turkey Day was last month.

No worries. Have a great break.