Creating a CIFS volume
Creating a SMB/CIFS volume
This document is a quick, step-by-step guide to getting started with a VPSA. For an in-depth review see the Creating a NAS share in the VPSA users guide.
This document is designed for an audience with a basic familiarity shared storage and NAS concepts.
It will take most administrators about 5 minutes to complete the steps.
- A VPSA with a RAID group and a pool
- See Setting up your VPSA in our VPSA users guide.
- Create a SMB/CIFS volume
Create your SMB/CIFS volume
Following the steps in the Creating a VPSA guide to connect to your VPSA. On the left click Volumes, then Create and Create NAS share:
In the Create Block Volume dialog -
- Give your new volume a name.
- Pick an initial size for the volume, you can always expand it later. The initial size must be equal to or less than the free space left in the pool.
- Set a export name. By default this will be the same as the volume name.
- Select the ‘SMB Only’ option.
- If you want to allow anonymous SMB/CIFS users select the ‘SMB - Allow Guest Access’ option.
- Select the ‘SMB - Enhanced Windows ACL’ option.
- If you want your data encrypted at rest you first need to set a master encryption password. On the left click ‘Controllers’, then click ‘Encryption’. Generally encrypted volumes operate ~5% slower than the same non-encrypted volume. If your VPSA is going to have a lot of encrypted volumes we will recommend a larger VPSA.
- By default your volume will be snapshotted per the default snapshot policies. You can check or update these policies by clicking ‘Snapshot Policies’ on the left.
That’s It! You’ve created a SMB/CIFS volume.