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Provision NAS storage for both Windows and Linux using both NFS and SMB/CIFS

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Create volumes to provide storage for clients using either the NFS or SMB/CIFS protocol.

This procedure creates new volumes on an existing storage VM enabled for both NFS and SMB protocols.

Workflow diagram for task to provision nas storage for both Windows and Linux using both NFS and SMB/CIFS

Steps
  1. Create a new volume: click Storage > Volumes and then click Add.

    1. Create an export policy: click More Options and check Share via NFS.
      The default setting grants full access to all users. You can add more restrictive rules to the export policy later.

    2. Create a share: check Share via SMB/CIFS.
      The share is created with a default Access Control List (ACL) set to "Full Control" for the Everyone group. You can add restrictions to the ACL later.

  2. Switch to a Linux client to verify that the export is accessible.

    1. Create and mount the volume using the network interface of the storage VM.

    2. On the newly mounted volume, create a test file, write text to it, and then delete the file.

  3. Switch to a Windows client to verify that the share is accessible.

    1. In Windows Explorer, map a drive to the share in the following format: \\_SMB_Server_Name__Share_Name_

    2. On the newly created drive, create a test file, write text to it, and then delete the file.

After verifying access, you might want to restrict client access with the volume’s export policy, restrict client access with the share ACL, and set any desired ownership and permissions on the exported and shared volume.