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.
Create NFS Share01 – Open Server Manager and Click File and Storage Services. 02 – Select Shares on the left pane and click TASKS – New Share. 03 – For example, select NFS Share – Quick on here. 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). 05 – Input local and remote share path. 06 – Specify authentication methods. 07 – Set the share permissions. Click Add button. 08 – Specify the Hosts you’d like to grant access permissions like the example below. 09 – Click Next button. 10 – Specify permissions to control access on here. 11 – Confirm selections and it’s no problem, Click Create button. 12 – After finishing creating, Click Close button. 13 – NFS shared folder has been just configured.
Connecting to NFS ShareNow you have made the share, you can now tell your users to connect.
Mounting NFS Share on WindowsIf they are using a windows client they can map a network drive to the share:
- First open up “This PC” and select Computer from the menu at the top. From here click on Map network drive, as shown below.
- 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.You may see a pop up window showing that the connection is being attempted. Once complete the shared NFS folder will open up.
- 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.