How to setup NFS Server 2016 in Azure

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


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These steps will explain how to configure your NFS server 2016 in Azure.


Create NFS Share


01 – Open Server Manager and Click File and Storage Services.




02 – Select Shares on the left pane and click TASKS – New Share.


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03 – For example, select NFS Share – Quick on here.


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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).


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05 – Input local and remote share path.


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06 – Specify authentication methods.


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07 – Set the share permissions. Click Add button.


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08 – Specify the Hosts you’d like to grant access permissions like the example below.


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09 – Click Next button.


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10 – Specify permissions to control access on here.


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11 – Confirm selections and it’s no problem, Click Create button.


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12 – After finishing creating, Click Close button.


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13 – NFS shared folder has been just configured.


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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.


  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.


    You 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.



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 <remotes server>:/<exported path>  /<local mount path>


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 appliances / Azure NSG 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 135




If you have any questions about the setup of our NFS solution in Azure, 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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