Creating shares with Openfiler SAN

openFilerShares allow you to provide storage resources to users using various standard sharing protocols.  Log on to your Openfiler SAN Management console to get started.


Share requirements

  • You will need to setup Volumes with either XFS or EXT3 filesystems (you cannot create shares from iSCSI volumes).
  • You need groups to apply quotas for.  If you join your SAN to an Active Directory domain you will be able to use groups from your domain.
  • You will need to configure network access for your SAN.
  • To access shares from a Windows network you'll need to go to the Services tab and Enable the SMB / CIFS server.
  • To access shares over a Linux network, go to the Services tab and Enable the NFSv3 server.

 

Creating shares

  1. Go to Shares > Existing Shares.
  2. Click on a volume slice link.
  3. Enter a Folder name and click Create Sub-folder.  You now have a sub-folder than can be shared.
  4. Click the newly created sub-folder.
  5. Click Make Share to open the Edit share window.

 

Group level access

With Public guest access set, all users on your network will have full access, but by selecting Controlled access (the default) you can set group level access.

  1. Go to the Group access configuration section.
  2. Select a Primary Group PG (all shares need a primary group, it is the group that is considered to be the owner, and has full access to the share).
  3. Select the level of access for all groups.
    1. NO:  This group has no access to the share.
    2. RO:  This group has read-only access.
    3. RW:  This group has read-write access.
  4. Click Update.

 

Network level access

Access protocols can be set for individual hosts or complete networks needing access to this share.

  1. Go to the Host access configuration... section.
  2. Select different levels of access...
    1. NO:  This group has no access to the share.
    2. RO:  This group has read-only access.
    3. RW:  This group has read-write access.
  3. For different network protocols...
    1. SMB/CIFS:  Windows/Samba share protocol.
    2. NFS:  Linux share protocol.
    3. HTTP(S) WebDAV:  Web protocol.
    4. FTP:  File Transfer Protocol, popular on web servers.
    5. Rsync:  Linux protocol.
  4. Click Update to save your changes.

 

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