Creating an NFS volume

Creating a NFS volume


Creating an NFS volume

This document describes how to create a NFS volume using a Zadara Storage VPSA.

This document is a quick, step-by-step guide to getting started with a VPSA. For an in depth review see 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.


The Process

  • Create a NFS volume

Create your NFS volume -

Following the steps in the Setting up your VPSA guide connect to your VPSA. On the left click ‘Volumes’, then ‘Create’ and ‘Create NAS share’ -


In the Create Block Volume dialog -

  1. Give your new volume a name.
  2. 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.
  3. Set a export name. By default this will be the same as the volume name. Dealing with a NFS export name with spaces in it introduces complications on the client side so we recommend replacing any spaces with ‘_’.
  4. If your application requires that the last access time of each file be maintained then select the ‘atime Update’ option. Selecting this option has a negative impact on performance.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 NFS volume.

Next Steps -

Creating an iSCSI block device

Creating a NFS volume

Creating a CIFS volume

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a Windows instance

Attaching an iSCSI LUN to a *nix instance

Mounting a NFS volume to a *nix instance

Mounting a CIFS volume to a Windows instance

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