OneFS Tip - Use SMB share name expansion for multiple users

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To make it easy to connect to a home directory through a Windows client, you can create an SMB share (which designates permissions, performance, and security settings) for individual users. However, if you work in a large enterprise-level organization, this technique is not convenient. You would have to create and manage hundreds or thousands of redundant SMB shares.

 

Instead of creating per-user SMB shares, EMC Isilon recommends creating a single share that includes expansion variables such as %U for the user name.

 

To configure a share with user name expansion variables, use the following procedure:

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In OneFS 7.0

  1. Log on to the OneFS web administration interface.
  2. Click Protocols > Windows Sharing (SMB) > SMB Shares > Add a Share.
  3. Type a share name (for example, Home) and description (for example, User Home Directories).
  4. In the Directory to Be Shared box, type /ifs/home/%U. If you store home directories in another location, specify that location instead.
  5. Select Allow Variable Expansion.
  6. Click Create.


In OneFS 6.5

  1. Log on to the OneFS web administration interface.
  2. Click File Sharing > SMB > Add Share.
  3. Type a share name (for example, Home) and description (for example, User Home Directories).
  4. In the Directory to share box, type /ifs/home/%U. If you store home directories in another location, specify that location instead.
  5. Select Allow Username Expansion.
  6. Click Submit.

Creating SMB shares for groups

 

You can also create SMB shares for multiple groups of users with home directories in different locations. For example, a university’s cluster might contain home directories for professors, staff, and students. Instead of creating an SMB share for each user, create a "Staff" share for professor and staff home directories that points at /ifs/home/staff/%U. Then create a “Student” share for all student home directories that points at /ifs/home/students/%U.

More information

 

See the “Create an SMB share” and “Home directory creation in a mixed environment” sections in the OneFS Administration Guide for information about expansion variables. The administration guide also provides configuration information for accessing home directories via FTP or SSH.