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Use Windows 2008 R2 as an NFS Server for vSphere

Most people don’t realize it, but Windows 2008 R2 comes with a decent and simple to use NFS component.

This can change a simple File Server in Shared Storage for vSphere (to store ISO files, Templates or even VMs).

To start, fire up Server Manager and go the the Roles section.  Right click and select Add Roles.


Select the File Services Role:


Untick the File Server feature and check the Services for Network File System.


Install and wait 🙂

Open Server Manager and go to the newly added Share and Storage Management item.


Click the Edit NFS Configuration action.


Click Provision a Shared Folder Wizard under the Use Services for NFS to Share Folders.


Fill in a Location where the NFS share must be located.


In the next step you can change NTFS permissions if you want, but i leave them at the default (since it is only a Lab environment).

Check NFS as the Share Protocol and fill in an NFS Share name to use.


Select Allow unmapped user Unix access (by UID/GID).


Change the default group of ALL MACHINES to No Access.  This ensures that only the hosts we specify can access the NFS share.


Add the vSphere hosts using its FQDN.  Change the Permissions to Read-Write and Allow root access.


Now you can add the NFS Share on every ESX host!



Cheap and simple storage 🙂

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