How to enable the file server in Windows Server 2019

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Hello, in this opportunity, we are going to talk a little about Windows Server 2019. Specifically about the file server and how to enable it. This is a server that is configured to provide a central location in the local network. The goal is to store files and share them with domain users. In this way, users can have access to files and applications. In other words, the file server is a simple and effective solution for sharing data. For that reason, let’s see how to enable the file server in Windows Server 2019

How to create a shared folder in Windows Server 2019

The first thing we have to do is create a new folder inside the server. This folder will function as a file server. Once created, you need to enter its properties. Next, go to the Sharing tab. Additionally, click on Advanced Sharing

Create the folder and enter the Sharing tab
Create the folder and enter the Sharing tab

In the next window, check the box corresponding to Share this folder. It is also possible to limit the number of simultaneous users in the folder. Press accept to continue.

Share the folder
Share the folder

From the same window, click on the Permissions menu. In this way, we will modify the access permissions of the folder. In the first place, remove the Everyone user group. This is done for security. In addition, click on the Add menu.

Add a user group

Then choose the group of users you want to have access to the folder:

Adding domain users
Adding domain users

For the purposes of this example, we have selected the Domain Users. Then give it read and write permission in the folder. This guarantees full access to the files by the selected users.

Guaranteeing access to the users of the domain.
Guaranteeing access to the users of the domain.

After applying the changes, press OK to set them. In the same way, the access path for the client machines is shown. With these steps, the folder for the file server has already been correctly configured. To check its functionality, simply log in from any client computer. Then access the newly created folder.

Accessing the shared folder from a client machine.
Accessing the shared folder from a client machine.

Configuring the file server in Windows Server 2019.

Next, we will manage the file server in Windows Server 2019. With this in mind, please enter the Server Dashboard and from the left menu select File and Storage Services.

Select Files and Storage Services
Select Files and Storage Services

In the next window click on Shares. Immediately view the shared folder:

From the Shares section, select the shared folder.
From the Shares section, select the shared folder.

Then double click on the folder to enter the properties of the folder. In this menu go to the Settings section. Additionally, click on the first option corresponding to Enable acces-based enumeration. This option allows users to only see the folders that have permission to be edited, the ones that are read-only will be hidden. This configuration is very useful to protect the privacy of the folders.

Enabling  Enable acces-based enumeration
Enabling Enable acces-based enumeration

Adding the File Server Resource Manager

This function is enabled from the Server Dashboard. Specifically with the Add roles and features wizard. If you want to know how to do it, I invite you to check our post about IIS in Windows Server 2019. In this case, choose Server Roles. Then scroll down to File and Storage Services. Then check the box File Server Resources Manager.

Adding File Server Resource Manager
Adding File Server Resource Manager

Press next and wait while the wizard enables the resource.

Wizard enabling the resource
Wizard enabling the resource

Access to the File Server Resources Manager.

To access the recently created tool, please open the Server Dashboard. Now open the Tools menu and select it.

Running the File Server Resource Manager
Running the File Server Resource Manager

Immediately the menu will be displayed with the different options.

File Server Resource Manager options
File Server Resource Manager options

Some options shown in the window are as follows:

  • Quota manager: this option allows you to define a space limit for users to add files to the shared folder. Consequently, the capacity of the disk on the server is not affected.
  • File Screening Manager: This option allows access to a series of templates where elements such as executable files, video, audio, etc. are blocked.

Conclusion

Ultimately we have seen how to enable the file server in Windows Server 2019. With this option we give the ability to the clients of the server, to enter the desired data. In addition, it is possible to control the quota, size and amount of information available. All right, that’s it for the moment. See you later.

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