How to setup NFS Server 2016 or 2019 in Azure/AWS/GCP

To setup an NFS server in Azure, AWS or GCP use our marketplace listings. Its an NFS server running on Windods Server 2016 or 2019.  Network File System (NFS) Server provides a file sharing solution for enterprises that have heterogeneous environments that include both Windows and non-Windows computers.

 

Getting Started

 

RDP into Server

 

Once you’ve deployed the NFS server from any of the marketplaces, you’ll need to RDP into your new server and do some post configuration steps.

 

Once logged in you are now ready to start creating shares as per the following instructions.

Create NFS Share

01 – Open Server Manager and Click File and Storage Services. Azure NFS server 02 – Select Shares on the left pane and click TASKS – New Share. AWS NFS Server 03 – For example, select NFS Share – Quick on here. GCP NFS Server 04 – For example, configure a specific folder as shared one, so check a box Type a custom path and input the path for specific folder you’d like to set as shared folder. (set as “Share” on this example). Setup NFS Server 05 – Input local and remote share path. Azure NFS server 06 – Specify authentication methods. Azure NFS server 07 – Set the share permissions. Click Add button. Azure NFS server 08 – Specify the Hosts you’d like to grant access permissions like the example below. Azure NFS server 09 – Click Next button. Azure NFS server 10 – Specify permissions to control access on here. Azure NFS server 11 – Confirm selections and it’s no problem, Click Create button. Azure NFS server 12 – After finishing creating, Click Close button. Azure NFS server 13 – NFS shared folder has been just configured.

Azure NFS server

Connecting to NFS Share

Now you have made the share, you can now tell your users to connect.

Mounting NFS Share on Windows

If they are using a windows client they can map a network drive to the share:
  1. First open up “This PC” and select Computer from the menu at the top. From here click on Map network drive, as shown below.map-network-drive-1
  2. The Map Network Drive window will open, select the drive letter that you want to assign to the NFS share, followed by the IP address or hostname of the NFS server as well as the path to the exported NFS directory. Click the Finish button when complete.map-NFS-SharepngYou may see a pop up window showing that the connection is being attempted. Once complete the shared NFS folder will open up.
  3. When you view “This PC” you will see the mapped network drive under Network location. This method is better than adding the network location as we’ll discuss next as it clearly shows how much disk space on the NFS share is in use and how much is still available.windows-10-map-drive

Mounting NFS Share on Linux

If using Linux or UNIX, Create a directory in the /mnt directory. This is the local mount path. Once created, be sure you are inside the directory when you mount the nfs share on the Windows system. Type in the following command on the Linux box to mount the share (mounting is similar to mapping a drive in Windows) mount -t nfs :/  / EXAMPLE: mount -t nfs WinServer1:/grpwise/po1 /mnt/reload/po1 (be sure to create /mnt/reload/po1) Test the mount by creating a text file within the new NFS Share and check that you can see it on both systems.

Firewall Ports

The following firewall ports will need to be opened on your clients and any firewall rules / Security groups sitting inbetween your clients and NFS server Server for NFS – RPC port multiplexer TCP 2049 UDP 2049 Portmap for UNIX-based Software (TCP-In) TCP 111 UDP 111 File Server Remote Management (SMB-In) TCP/UDP 445 TCP 135

Support

If you have any questions about the setup of our NFS solution , leave your comments below and we will reply within 24 hours. Alternatively have a look at this MS documentation

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Andrew Fitzgerald

Cloud Solution Architect. Helping customers transform their business to the cloud. 20 years experience working in complex infrastructure environments and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert on everything Cloud

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