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Create a file server

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File servers belong to a subtenant and are created within a zone. When creating a server, you can optionally:

  • Enable disaster recovery DP for the server. For more information about how disaster recovery works in NetApp Service Engine, see Disaster recovery.

  • Make it CIFS-enabled. For CIFS-enabled servers:

    • You must provide the Active Directory user name, Active Directory password, domain, DNS servers, server name and, optionally, the Active Directory Organizational Unit (OU).

    • The Active Directory credentials (Active Directory user name and Active Directory password) must be for a user that has the privilege to join a computer to the Active Directory domain.

    • When the Active Directory OU structure is hierarchical, as shown in the image below, specify the OUs from the lowest level to the top. In this example, to specify the Melbourne OU, set cifs_ou as "cifs_ou": "ou=melbourne,ou=cifs".

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Before you begin

Make sure you have the following to create the server:

  • The subtenant that will host the server.

  • The region and zone in which the server belongs.

  • Networking details such as the VLAN ID, subnet, IP address (optional), and gateway (optional). If you are unfamiliar with your network, check with your IT department for the appropriate values.

  • To enable asynchronous disaster recovery on the file server, the disaster recovery zone (the zone to which the file server will be replicated).

Steps

  1. Display the File Servers list.

  2. Click Create Server.

  3. On the Create Server page complete the following fields:

    Field Description

    Subtenant

    Select the Subtenant from the list.

    Region

    Select the region in which the server will reside.

    Zone

    Select the zone in which the server will reside.

    Name

    Enter the server name.

    VLAN

    Specify the VLAN id and subnet.

    Subnet

    IP address

    (Optional) Specify an IP address. If not specified, the server will be given the next available IP address.

    Gateway

    (Optional)

  4. Select the services:

    NFS is enabled by default. The NFS protocol in use is displayed.

    If creating a CIFS-enabled file server:

    1. Toggle the CIFS-enabled button to display the CIFS related fields.

    2. Complete the Active Directory Username, Active Directory Password, Domain, DNS Servers, Server Name and, optionally, the Active Directory Organizational Unit. The Active Directory credentials must be for a user that has the privilege to join a computer to the Active Directory domain.

  5. To enable asynchronous disaster recovery DP on this file server:

    1. Toggle the Asynchronous Disaster Recovery button to enable it.

    2. Select the disaster recovery region and zone.

    3. Select the disaster recovery replication schedule.

  6. If synchronous disaster recovery DP is enabled, the Synchronous Disaster Recovery toggle is enabled and cannot be disabled.

  7. Click Create. This creates a job to create the server.

After you finish

Create server is run as an asynchronous job. You can:

  • Check the status of the job in the jobs list.

  • After the job is finished, check the status of the server in the Servers list.