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How to Enable NFS on Windows 2008 and Present to ESX

Jasbinder Bhatti Jasbinder Bhatti is a Tech Support Engineer at VMware, and today brings us a step-by-step article on how to first enable NFS in Windows 2008, and then goes on to demonstrate how to present that share to an ESX/ESXi host. A word of caution about doing this though:

Warning: Windows Services for UNIX is not a supported storage solution for use with ESX, and the information in this article is provided as-is. For a full list of supported storage solutions, refer to our Hardware Compatibility List. VMware provides support only for the devices that are listed in the Hardware Compatibility List.

So why are we telling you how to do this? The above warning pertains to running VMs on these NFS shares. If you stick to just using this storage for keeping some ISO images, or log files, you can probably get away with this. On to the steps:

1. Install File Service from Roles

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2. Select Service for Network File system

3. Make sure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service is installed. If not, install it from Server Role.

4. You need to export your NFS share. Create a folder name NFS you wish to share. Go to Properties and you'll see the NFS Sharing tab. Click it to define the share name (give the same as the folder name), and machine permissions.

After Implementing NFS on windows 2008 your next step is to configure ESX to see it.

5. Create a vmkernel port group

6. Fig showing what your vmkernel port group should look like.

7. Click on Add Storage…

8. Select NFS

9. Provide IP address and name of the share

Done!

If you plan on doing this, please be sure to familiarize yourself with the following KB articles. It is better to be armed with this knowledge up front rather than running into troubles when you're deep into things.

1. http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004490

2. http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1003967

3. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753302(WS.10).aspx