Creating a new NFS-enabled SVM

Setting up a new SVM involves creating the new SVM and enabling NFS. You can then configure NFS access on the ESXi host and verify that NFS is enabled for ESXi by using Virtual Storage Console.

Before you begin

About this task

With ONTAP System Manager, you can use a wizard that guides you through the process of creating the SVM, configuring DNS, creating a data LIF, and enabling NFS.


  1. Navigate to the SVMs window.
  2. Click Create.
  3. In the Storage Virtual Machine (SVM) Setup window, create the SVM:
    1. Specify a unique name for the SVM.
      The name must either be a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) or follow another convention that ensures unique names across a cluster.
    2. Select NFS for the data protocol.
      If you plan to use additional protocols on the same SVM, you should select them even if you do not want to configure them immediately.
    3. Keep the default language setting, C.UTF-8.
      This language is inherited by the volume that you create later, and a volume's language cannot be changed.
    4. Optional: If you enabled the CIFS protocol, change the security style to UNIX.
      Selecting the CIFS protocol sets the security style to NTFS by default.
    5. Optional: Select the root aggregate to contain the SVM root volume.
      The aggregate that you select for the root volume does not determine the location of the data volume.

      SVM setup
    6. Optional: In the DNS Configuration area, ensure that the default DNS search domain and name servers are the ones that you want to use for this SVM.

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    7. Click Submit & Continue.
    The SVM is created, but protocols are not yet configured.
  4. In the Data LIF Configuration section of the Configure CIFS/NFS protocol page, specify the details of the first data LIF of the first datastore.
    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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    Do not enter any information to provision a volume. You can provision datastores later using Virtual Storage Console
  5. Click Submit & Continue.
    The following objects are created:
    • A data LIF named after the SVM with the suffix _nfs_lif1
    • An NFS server
  6. For all other protocol configuration pages that are displayed, click Skip, and then configure the protocol later.
  7. When the SVM Administration page is displayed, configure or defer configuring a separate administrator for this SVM:
    • Click Skip, and then configure an administrator later if required.
    • Enter the requested information, and then click Submit & Continue.
  8. Review the Summary page, record any information that you might require later, and then click OK.
    NFS clients need to know the IP address of the data LIF.


A new SVM is created with NFS enabled.