Creating an SMB share

You can use the SnapCenter Shares page to create an SMB3 share on a storage virtual machine (SVM).

About this task

You cannot use SnapCenter to back up databases on SMB shares. SMB support is limited to provisioning only.


  1. In the left navigation pane, click Hosts.
  2. In the Hosts page, click Shares.
  3. Select the SVM from the Storage Virtual Machine drop-down list.
  4. Click New.
    The New Share dialog opens.
  5. In the New Share dialog, define the share:
    In this field... Do this...
    Description Enter descriptive text for the share.
    Share name Enter the share name, for example, test_share. The name you enter for the share will also be used as the volume name.

    The share name:

    • Must be a UTF-8 string.
    • Must not include the following characters: control characters from 0x00 to 0x1F (both inclusive), 0x22 (double quotes), and the special characters \ / [ ] : | < > + = ; , ?
    Share path
    • Click in the field to enter a new file system path, for example, /.
    • Double-click in the field to select from a list of existing file system paths.
  6. When you are satisfied with your entries, click OK.
    SnapCenter creates the SMB share on the SVM.