I purchased Windows Server 2012 Essentials as it was half the price of a full Standard edition, to install myself at on a dedicated server hosted at a data center. This will make it less expensive than leasing Windows from the hosting company.
I'm terminating a dedicated server I have elsewhere but I want to transfer a lot of files from the existing server to the new server. I've previously done this using SMB by opening ports 445 and 1 or 2 others and creating a share to the C: drive for a username with a very long password.
I've done this with the existing 2012 Server Standard and I can access it directly using \\ip.add.re.ss\share. I mapped a network drive and entered the correct username and password.
An identical configuration on Essentials Server doesn't work. It seems the Essentials edition of Windows Server prevents any connections to or from the server using SMB. I've ensured all relevant ports are open in the Advanced Firewall for Domain and Public but no dice. A diagnostic says "File and print sharing resource (ip.add.re.ss) is online but isn't responding to connection attempts".
I know that Essentials is designed to run a small business with domain access and I assume this is the problem. The Network & Sharing Center says it is a "Domain Network". All attempts to change this to "Private" don't work. I've spend 24 hours reading everything on the subject and required tabs are missing in the Local Security Policy.
So what I would like to know if there is any method to trick Windows Essentials into allowing SMB access outside of the domain, or should I in fact use the "Connector" software to connect to the server as a domain client, even though it's going over the internet? Will that even work?
Alternatively, some other way to transfer files quickly, preferably not via FTP.
I also use SMB to transfer files as a backup using SyncTool and Windows Task Scheduler every 24 hours. Without a simple drive mapping, I don't see how I can do this any longer.
Thank you for any help.