NFS (Network File System) is a client-server filesystem that allows users to access files across a network and handle them as if they are located in a local file directory. It is developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc, and it is common for Linux/ Unix systems.
Since Windows Server 2012 R2, it is possible to configure it on Windows Server as a role and use it with Windows or Linux machines as clients. Read to know about How to Configure NFS in Windows Server 2016 here.
How to install NFS to Windows Server 2016
Installation of NFS (Network File System) role is no different than an installation of any other role. It goes from “Add roles and features Wizard”.
With few clicks on “Select server roles” page, under File and Storage Services, and expansion of File and iSCSI Services, the system will show checkbox “Server for NFS”. Installation of that role will enable NFS server.
The configuration of NFS on Windows Server 2016
After installation, it is needed to configure role properly. The first stage is choosing or creating a folder for NFS (Network File System) share.
With right click and properties option, the system will bring the NFS Sharing tab, and Manage NFS sharing button, as part of the tab.
It will provide NFS Advanced Sharing dialogue box, with authentication and mapping options, as well as with “Permissions” button.
Clicking on “Permissions” button will open Type of access drop-down list, with the possibility of root user access, and permission level.
By default, any client can access the NFS shared folder, but it is possible to control or limit the specific clients, with a clicking of Add button and type the client’s IP address or hostname.
Mount NFS Shared Folder on Windows Client
The steps above make NFS (Network File System) server ready for work.
To successfully test it, it is needed to mount chosen NFS folder on a Linux or Windows client with following steps:
- It is needed to activate a feature on the client, by clicking Control Panel / Programs and Features / Services for NFS / Client for NFS
- After installing the service, it is needed to mount the folder with the following command :
mount –o \\<NFS-Server-IP>\<NFS-Shared-Folder> <Drive Letter>:
The command maps folder as drive and assigns chosen letter to it.
Mount NFS Shared Folder on Linux Client
No matter NFS is common to Linux / Unix systems, it is still needed to mount folder to a system via command, similar to windows systems.
mount –t NFS <NFS-Server-IP>/<NFS-Shared-Folder> /<Mount-Point>
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