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  • Hello,

    I am looking to get a server that will do the following:

    • Manage Users
    • Manage Files and access to those files
    • (Possibly) Run a SQL database
    • (Most likely) An e-Mail Server

    My goal was to get it and have it installed and fully functional by January. Due to restrictions, I am going to have to wait for next year. Although I won't be doing it for some time, I still want to learn and get information about it. I can always come back and read replies.

    When it comes to file management, is it possible to have the server automatically move folders and create new folders?

    I would like to have two folder when you open the drive. "2017" or the current year, and "Archive" - I would like it to automatically move "2017" to "Archive" and recreate a new folder "2018" at the start of the new year. Within 2018, more folders would need to be created.

    I know a lot can be done with Windows Server 2016, but I am not sure about this.

    Also, for those needs, what type of hardware would you recommend. The server will be accessed locally, and if the business expands, remotely.

    Thank you.

    • Edited by Abraham J Monday, November 27, 2017 9:00 PM
    Monday, November 27, 2017 8:54 PM


  • As to the four roles active directory domain services, file/print, SQL server, email (exchange) I'd suggest installing the hyper-v role on host then stand up four guests for the mentioned roles. As to the automatic folder renaming / archiving you may need to do some scripting to accomplish. Many can be found here that you could modify to suit your needs.


    Almost all of the major server manufacturer's have trained personnel to help you with the sizing questions.



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

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    • Edited by Dave PatrickMVP Monday, November 27, 2017 9:05 PM
    • Marked as answer by Abraham J Tuesday, November 28, 2017 8:53 PM
    Monday, November 27, 2017 9:04 PM

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