Set up a Work Folders Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Work Folders is a quite interesting feature introduced by Microsoft with Windows Server 2012 R2. In a nutshell, Work Folders is a synchronization service for folders that works in a similar fashion of Dropbox, but in your own network/servers. You can access the synced data from Windows PCs or from mobile devices, an interesting opportunity for your company.

The nice part of this tool is that it’s really simple to deploy. In this tutorial we’ll see how to set up the server side of Work Folders and create a simple Sync Share.

In the next days we’ll publish a guide about connecting your Windows machine and/or your device to a Sync Share.

Step one: Install the Work Folders role

Launch the Server Manager and click on Add Roles and Features under the Manage menu:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Follow the indications of the Wizard and go on:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Select the Work Folders role:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Ignore the Features step and go on:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Confirm and the installation will begin:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Step two: Create the Sync Share

It’s time to create the Sync Share. Go to the File and Storage Services area of the Server Manager and click on TASKS. Select New Sync Share:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click on Next:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Specify the local path – must be NTFS – where the data will be synced:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Define folder structure and name of the Sync Share:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

It’s time to select the users or the groups who will be able to access the Sync Share:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

You can also encrypt the data if you desire:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click on Create and your first Sync Share will be ready for use:

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

Set up a Work Folder Sync Share on Windows Server 2012 R2

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