Day: September 22, 2014

How to create CIFS/Windows share on NetApp Storage

How to create CIFS/Windows share on NetApp Storage


We can access NetApp volume using CIFS/SMB just like windows share. It is very useful to use NetApp storage in mixed environment of Linux/Windows or on Windows based

Step 1) Creating NetApp volume or use Qtree

First we need to create  “/vol/mycifs_share” netapp volume or you can use qtree as well.
Please refer article about creating NetApp volume –

Step 2) Change Secuirty style to NTFS (eg- mycifs_share volume)

my-netapp1> qtree security /vol/mycifs_share ntfs
Sun Jun 10 06:19:08 EDT [my-netapp1: wafl.quota.sec.change:notice]: security style for /vol/mycifs_share/ changed from unix to ntfs

Step 3) Creating CIFS/Windows Share

I assume that NetApp filer has been joined to AD (Active Directory, LDAP) and CIFS licensed is installed/configured and cifs service is   running on NetApp. Now we will create CIFS share and give permissions to User/Groups…

my-netapp1> cifs  shares  -add MyShare /vol/mycifs_share -comment “My Test Windows CIFS Share”
The share name ‘MyShare’ will not be accessible by some MS-DOS workstations

Step 4) Give CIFS Share Access

my-netapp1> cifs access MyShare “MYDOMAIN\USER_OR_GROUP”   “Full Control”
1 share(s) have been successfully modified

NOTE- We can give Full permission ie “Full Control”, Read permission ie “Read”

Step 5) List CIFS-


my-netapp1> cifs shares
Name         Mount Point                       Description
—-         ———–                       ———–
MyShare       /vol/mycifs_share                My Test Windows CIFS Share

Step 6) Access CIFS/Share on Windows or Linux-


Thank you,
Arun Bagul