NFS and SMB file and directory naming dependencies overview

Contributors

File and directory naming conventions depend on both the network clients’ operating systems and the file-sharing protocols, in addition to language settings on the ONTAP cluster and clients.

The operating system and the file-sharing protocols determine the following:

  • Characters a file name can use

  • Case-sensitivity of a file name

ONTAP supports multi-byte characters in file, directory, and qtree names, depending on the ONTAP release.