I recently acquired a copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center for my home server, It was free so I thought I'd give it a try. Problem is i have little experience with Windows Server 2012, I played with 2003 way back, but haven't touched any copy of server since then. I would love some help or to be pointed in the right direction in terms of what i need to do to accomplish what I'm trying to do. Here's the idea, My brother and I wanted to centralize our files and create a media server, so we picked up a server and a few hard drives. Since we acquired a copy of server we said what the hell, why not. We have Server installed on a 320 GB HDD and 2 3TB HDD we spanned together to make a 6 for our files. So far I have server installed, changed the server name and set up a static IP. For the Media Server I plan on using Plex Media Server. The issue is I do not know where to start to get the server up and running. Not sure if i need to install Active Directory and a DNS server. I'm not exactly sure how to create a file server in server 2012. Would I need to add users to the domain? and how do i do that? We do plan later on to include a print server, if we ever figure this thing out. Any assistance on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Maybe given a list of things that i need to do and I can research from there. At this point I do not even know where to start to get this thing up and running. I could not find any guides that pertains to my situation.