About this task

This task creates an SMB share of a filesystem or a filesystem snapshot.

The instructions below apply to:

  • Filesystems
  • Filesystem snapshots


  • A filesystem or a filesystem snapshot

Before you begin

The share is created with the settings described below. You can change the basic share settings during the creation of the share, and the advanced share settings during or after the creation of the share. See: Modifying share-level permissions.

Basic share settings

ParameterDescriptionDefault valueAccepted values
Share NameA unique name that clients use to connect to the share
  • Names are not case-sensitive
  • Cannot include:  \ / [ ] : | < > + = ; , * ?
  • Accepts: A-Z, a-z, 0-9 ! @ # $ % & ' _ - . ~ ( ) { } space
  • Cannot have a leading or trailing space
  • Names that include spaces must be enclosed in quotation marks
Internal Path

The directory being shared
The directory must exist prior to the share creation

The internal path must be specified as a UNIX path, using forward slashes.

  • Must start with a "/"
  • Cannot include spaces
  • Accepts: A-Z, a-z, 0-9

Advanced share settings

ParameterDescriptionDefault valueAccepted values
Snapshot Directory Visible

A snapshot directory that is not visible can still be accessible by providing the specific path.
Note: In release 7.0.x, Windows security style does not support snapshot directory.


Offline Caching

Determines how the client handles offline caching

  • Disabled - no client side caching is allowed

  • Manual - users can manually select files to cache locally

  • Auto - the client OS decides which files to cache

  • VDO - the client OS decides which files, including program files, to cache


  1. In the GUI, click the Datasets icon on the left toolbar, and select the Datasets tab.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • For a filesystem: Select the filesystem name, and click the Shares tab.
    • For a filesystem snapshot: Expand the filesystem tree, select the filesystem snapshot name, and click the Shares tab.
  3. Click the Create SMB Share button.
  4. Enter a unique share name and the internal path.
  5. Click Advanced to change the snapshot directory visibility or the offline caching mode.
  6. Click Create.
    The share is displayed on the screen.

Related InfiniShell commands

The following command is applicable to both filesystems and snapshots:

  • fs.share.create - creates a share to a filesystem or a snapshot

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Last edited: 2022-08-06 08:10:46 UTC