Adding CIFS access to an existing SVM

Adding CIFS/SMB access to an existing SVM involves creating a data LIF, configuring a CIFS server, provisioning a volume, sharing the volume, and configuring the share permissions.

Before you begin


  1. Navigate to the area where you can configure the protocols of the SVM:
    1. Select the SVM that you want to configure.
    2. In the Details pane, next to Protocols, click CIFS.

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  2. In the Data LIF Configuration section of the Configure CIFS protocol dialog box, create a data LIF for the SVM:
    1. Assign an IP address to the LIF automatically from a subnet you specify or manually enter the address.
    2. Click Browse and select a node and port that will be associated with the LIF.

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  3. In the CIFS Server Configuration section, define the CIFS server and configure it to access the AD domain:
    1. Specify a name for the CIFS server that is unique in the AD domain.
    2. Specify the FQDN of the AD domain that the CIFS server can join.
    3. If you want to associate an organizational unit (OU) within the AD domain other than CN=Computers, enter the OU.
    4. Specify the name and password of an administrative account that has sufficient privileges to add the CIFS server to the OU.
    5. If you want to avoid unauthorized access to all the shares on this SVM, select the option to encrypt data using SMB 3.0.

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  4. Create a volume for CIFS/SMB access and provision a share on it:
    1. Name the share that CIFS/SMB clients will use to access the volume.
      The name you enter for the share will also be used as the volume name.
    2. Specify a size for the volume.

      Screenshot of the area where you configure the CIFS share
    You do not have to specify the aggregate for the volume because it is automatically located on the aggregate with the most available space.
  5. Optional: Restrict access to the share by modifying the share ACL:
    1. In the Permission field, click Change.
    2. Select the Everyone group, and click Remove.
    3. Optional: Click Add, and enter the name of an administrator group defined in the Windows Active Directory domain that includes the SVM.
    4. Select the new administrator group, and then select Full Control.
    5. Click Save and Close.
  6. Click Submit & Close, and then click OK.