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

Server Manager start

Step 2: Click Next on Wizard

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

Add Roles and Features First Part

Step 3: Role-Based

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

Add Roles and Features POP Role based 1

Step 4: Choose Server

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

Add Roles and Features POP Server selection 1

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.

NFS Select Role

Step 6: Add Features

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

NFS Add Features

Step 7: Features

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

NFS Add Features

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.

NFS Install

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.

NFS Server Manager Dashboard 1
NFS Shares Tasks Newshare

Step 10: Select profile

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

NFS NFS Share Quick

Step 11: Select the Share Folder

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

NFS Select Server and path

Step 12: Name your Share

Type in a name for your share and hit “Next

NFS Share Name

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“.

NFS Specify Authentication Methods

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

NFS Add Host to share
NFS Add Host to share Next

Step 15: Specify Permissions

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

NFS Specify permissions

Step 16: Confirm your selections and click Create

NFS Confirm selections and create

Step 17: Finish

Once done creating, click “Close

NFS View results and close

Step 18: Confirm your share is created

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

NFS Our share created

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


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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