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NAS 344

How to create CIFS folders

Mount personal and shared CIFS folders to your NAS from another NAS or Windows and Mac computers.

2017-11-17

COURSE OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Mount personal and shared CIFS folders to your NAS from another NAS or Windows and Mac computers.

PREREQUISITES
Course Prerequisites:
None

Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:
N/A



OUTLINE
1. Mounting CIFS Folders (Mounting a folder from one NAS to another NAS)
1.1 Mounting a Personalized CIFS Folder
1.2 Mounting a Shared CIFS Folder
2. Mounting a CIFS Folder (Mounting a folder from your Mac to your NAS)
3. Mounting a CIFS Folder (Mounting a folder from Windows to your NAS)
4. Editing a Shared CIFS Folder
4.1 Editing a Shared CIFS Folder
4.2 Editing Shared CIFS Folder Access Rights
4.3 Unmounting a Shared CIFS Folder
4.4 Reconnect to a Shared CIFS Folder


1. Mounting CIFS Folders (Mounting a folder from one NAS to another NAS)


Mounting a personal CIFS folder allows you to take a certain folder from another NAS and mount it to your own file directory. Only the user that created the mounted folder will be able to view it. Other users on the NAS will be unable to view this folder.
The steps for mounting a CIFS folder are as follows:
STEP 1
From the ADM desktop, select [File Explorer].




STEP 2

Click on the icon shown in the graphic below and then select [Mount personal CIFS folder].




STEP 3

Enter the address of the remote folder and then enter the username and password. Click on [OK] once you are done.




Auto-mount at system startup: If this is selected, the folder will be automatically mounted the next time the system starts up. If not the folder will be unmounted the next time you restart the system.

STEP 4
Go to [File Explorer]=>[The folder you just mounted] to see that you can access the files in the folder.





1.2 Mounting a Shared CIFS Folder
STEP 1
Click on [File Explorer] from the ADM desktop. Click on the icon shown in the graphic below and then select [Mount shared CIFS folder].
Note: Only the admin account can mount shared CIFS folders and only the admin account can control which users can access the folder.




STEP 2
Click on [Mount].




STEP 3

Fill out the fields for [Name], [Remote folder], [Username] and [Password]. Click on [Next] once you are done.




Auto-mount at system startup: If this is selected, the folder will be automatically mounted the next time the system starts up. If not the folder will be unmounted the next time you restart the system.

Username and password: The username and password for the remote folder that you wish to mount.

STEP 4
Select the access rights for your shared folder and then click on [Next].




STEP 5
Confirm your settings and then click on [Finish].






STEP 6
Go to [File Explorer]=>[The folder you just mounted] to see that you can access the files in the folder.





2. Mounting a CIFS Folder (Mounting a folder from your Mac to your NAS)
STEP 1
To configure a folder from your Mac as a shared folder, select [System Preferences]  [Sharing].



STEP 2
Select [File Sharing] and then click on the [+] button.




STEP 3
Select the folder that you wish to mount and then click on [Add].





STEP 4
Click on [Options…].




STEP 5

Select the [On] checkbox and then enter a password for mounting the folder on your NAS. Click on [Done] once you are finished.




STEP 6

Now, you will be able to mount a personal folder for yourself or mount a shared folder for others to view. If you wish to mount a personal folder please see section

1.1 Mounting a Personalized CIFS Folder.

If you wish to mount a shared folder please see section


1.2 Mounting a Shared CIFS Folder.

A successfully mounted personal CIFS folder can be seen in the graphic below.




A successfully mounted shared CIFS folder can be seen in the graphic below.





3. Mounting a CIFS Folder (Mounting a folder from Windows to your NAS)
STEP 1
To create a shared folder in Windows first right click on a folder and then select [Properties].



STEP 2
Go to the [Sharing] tab and then click on the [Share…] button. Select [Everyone] from the drop down menu and then click on the [Add] button. Configure the permission level as Read or Read/Write. Click on the [Share] button once you are done.




STEP 3


STEP 4
Now, you will be able to mount a personal folder for yourself or mount a shared folder for others to view. If you wish to mount a personal folder please see section 1.1 Mounting a Personalized CIFS Folder. If you wish to mount a shared folder please see section 1.2 Mounting a Shared CIFS Folder.
A successfully mounted personal CIFS folder can be seen in the graphic below.





A successfully mounted shared CIFS folder can be seen in the graphic below.




4. Editing a Shared CIFS Folder
4.1 Editing a Shared CIFS Folder
To edit the settings for a shared CIFS folder, from the ADM desktop, select [Access Control]=>[Shared Folders]=>[CIFS Folder]=>[Edit].




Note: Currently, the username and password cannot be changed under a successful connection. It can only be changed when a folder is disconnected.

4.2 Editing Shared CIFS Folder Access Rights
To edit the access rights for a shared CIFS folder, from the ADM desktop select [Access Control]=>[Shared Folders]=> [CIFS Folder]=>[Access Rights].




4.3 Unmounting a Shared CIFS Folder

To unmount a shared CIFS folder, from the ADM desktop select [Access Control]=>[Shared Folders]=> [CIFS Folder]=>[Unmount]=>[OK].


4.4 Reconnect to a Shared CIFS Folder
To reconnect a shared CIFS folder, from the ADM desktop select [Access Control]=>[Shared Folders]=> [CIFS Folder]=>[Reconnect].

Note: The [Reconnect] button can only be used when a disconnected folder is selected. It cannot be used when a connected folder is selected.

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