Solved Server 2016 shared folders?

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quiksilver_dude

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Hi all,

So I have a small home server running 2016 essentials. I've set it up to run plex and share everything i need. I've now got remote access working too. Good fun tinkering and learning.

What I'm struggling with is how to add folders to the shared folder on remote web access. at the moment under Shared Folders I get Users and in that a folder for each user... I would like to add to this, but for the life of me can't work out how. Any help would be gratefully received.

Thanks in advance...
 

quiksilver_dude

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Had another look around. Once in the user folder on the web access webpage i can add folders inside my user folder. But still no idea how to add other folder on my server...
 

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I'm not too sure I understand what you are trying to achieve.
do you want a folder accessible to everyone on your network to share out media files?
if it's just for your home network, why complicate matters, store everything in the Public folder which has Full Control to Everybody.
 

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When you go to <server>.webaccessanywhere/connect in a browser and log in from a remote location (off site over the internet) you are presented with the remote access connection page consisting of a computers list (on my home network) and a folders list.. the folder list only has 'users' in it. inside that are the folders on the server created for each user account. I would like to know how I can add other remote shared folders onto the connect screen.. i assume that is possible...

thanks
 

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So I've figured it out... below is a clarification to help others and as a thanks for trying to help me out....

In Server Essentials you have to add folders through the Dashboard, using Storage -> Server folders. This adds a shared folder to the server visible on the network, but it is also visible through 'Shared Folders' in Network locations on computers on the Domain. Permission permitting, obviously.

Interestingly, adding the shared folders in this way also allows you to chose whether they are visible to users with permissions on the web access portal. All of the users and shares setup through the dashboard I can replicate using the computer management tools, except the ability to show on the portal... maybe that's just tied into the essentials tools?

Maybe its me but documentation on this seems to be lacking... though from what I understand all the essentials tools are going / gone in 2019 and later anyway... Hopefully I can learn more using the essentials tools and progress onto setting it all up manually at a later time...

Anyway thanks again...
 
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