Is there any way to grant access to file/resources of my Windows 2012 R2 server to an Microsoft account such as outlook.com, hotmail.com, live.ca?

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Yes if you openly open the share with the right Everyone. (but currently no by design to define a microsoft account on the share)

It's a nice todo that maybe Microsoft will add someday, but when you add a security you have a location listbox, and Microsoft Account is not listed there. (Personnaly for security reason I don't think Microsoft will add that support, as if your employee quit you can't disable the account, you have to list where he got access to remove him, you can't monitor failed login, know if the account got hacked, etc..)

You can manually try it, the syntax is MicrosoftAccount\email@hotmail.com to define on the share security, but I just tried on a server in a workgroup and that does not work, as the location is not set correctly.

  • It worked on Windows 10, but not in Windows 2012
    – Hugo
    Dec 21, 2016 at 2:49
  • @Hugo just to know, the user in windows 10 was logged under a microsoft account too ? (not a local user)
    – yagmoth555
    Dec 21, 2016 at 3:36

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