- Enable Access Based Enumeration: If you have Mac clients this is often a bad idea. This feature ends up not showing people objects they don’t have access to. It’s great in a purely Windows environment, thought.
- Allow Caching of Share: Allows Windows clients to right-click on a share and choose to cache it.
- Enable Branch Cache on the File Server: Allows a computer in a branch office to act as a Branch Cache server/workgroup server.
- Encrypt data access: Encrypts traffic to the share.
As I mentioned in an earlier article, the File and Storage Role is installed by default in Windows Server 2012. This means you can create a file share with a very minimal amount of work on a brand new server. To get started, as with many things regarding Server 2012, open Server Manager. From Server Manager, click on File and Storage Services in the Server Manager sidebar. Then click on Shares. From the Shares screen, click on the Shares drop-down list and then click on New Share. This will open the New Share Wizard. From here, select a type of share. For the purposes of this article, we’ll create a very basic SMB share, so click on “SMB Share – Quick.” Then click on the Next button. At the Share Location screen, I like to click on “Type a custom path” and then click on the Browse button. At the Select Folder screen, browse to the folder you’d like to share out and then click on the Select Folder button. Then click on Next back at the Share Location screen. At the Share Name screen of the New Share Wizard, enter the name you want users to see when accessing the share in the Share Name field and the description (if any) that users will see in the screen when connecting to the share. You’ll also see the local path used to connect to that share on the server as well as the path that will be used to connect remotely in this screen. Click Next once you’ve entered the information. At the Other Settings screen, you have 4 options (checkboxes):