Introduction

In this guide, we are going to install and configure NFS Server and create NFS Share. This is an efficient way to share a directory to other client machines in your organization. You can use it as a central repository that can be mounted to clients and hence be able to access similar files as though they were part of the system. That can be interesting, so let us proceed

Step 1: Open Server Manager

Hit “Windows” key and search for “Server Manager“. Once open, click on “Add Roles and Features

Step 2: Click Next on Wizard

On the first page of the “Add Roles and Features Wizard“, click “Next

Step 3: Role-Based

In the “Select Installation type page“, select “Role-based or feature-based-installation” and click “Next

Step 4: Choose Server

Select the server you will install NFS on and click “Next“.

Step 5: Select Role

In this “Select server roles” part, expand “File and Storage Services” and further expand “File and iSCSI Services” then check the box against “Server for NFS“. A pop-up window will come forth.

Step 6: Add Features

In the pop-up window, just click on “Add Features” then hit “Next“.

Step 7: Features

In this “Select features” page, simply click on “Next“.

Step 8: Confirm and Install

Confirm your installation selections and hit “Install“. Let is finish installing then click “Close” and you will have finished the installation process.

Step 9: Configure NFS Share Folder

We are now going to configure a folder that we shall export to clients. Create a directory/folder in your desired disk partition. I will create TestShare in C partition.
Head over to “Server Manager“. Click “File and Storage Services” and select Shares from the expanded menu. After that, click on the “TASKS” drop-down menu and select “New Share…“. A “New Share Wizard” will open.

Step 10: Select profile

On the first page of the wizard, select “NFS Share-Quick” and Click “Next” as shown below.

Step 11: Select the Share Folder

On this page, choose “Type a custom path“, browse for your directory and click “Next

Step 12: Name your Share

Type in a name for your share and hit “Next

Step 13: Specify authentication methods

Depending on the authentication methods that your organization uses, you have a choice to make at this stage. Choose the one that befits your use case and hit “Next“.

Step 14: Choose Hosts to Access the Share

Click on “Add” on the window below and you now have many options to choose the hosts to access the share. You can place only one host, a Netgroup, Client group or all servers that can reach it. Make your choice and click on “Next

Step 15: Specify Permissions

You can tweak the permissions to befit your scenario here. Once done, click “Next“.

Step 16: Confirm your selections and click Create

Step 17: Finish

Once done creating, click “Close

Step 18: Confirm your share is created

Go back to “Server Manager” > “File and Storage Services” > “Shares

Step 19: Configure NFS Client on Windows

Now install and setup NFS client on Windows Client – Can be server or Desktop

Install and Configure NFS Client on Windows

Conclusion

We have successfully installed the Server and created a share. Next, we are going to install a NFS Client and connect to our created NFS Share.

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