Accessing Network Shares
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This section includes the following topics:

Viewing Network Shares Using Windows File Sharing

Use this procedure to view network shares when Windows File Sharing is configured. For information, see Configuring Windows File Sharing.

  1. On a computer connected to the same switch as the CTERA Edge Filer, view the network neighborhood. The network neighborhood is accessed in different ways, dependent on the operating system. For example, in Microsoft Windows 10, click Start > Settings and then click Network & Internet.
  2. Double-click the CTERA Edge Filer icon.
    A list of network shares is displayed.
    Note

    When accessing a network share, if the user name and password on the computer are identical to a user name and password on the CTERA Edge Filer, the computer automatically logs in to the share using that user name and password. You will not be prompted to authenticate. In all other cases, a pop-up window will appear, and you must authenticate using a valid user name and password.

Accessing Network Shares Using FTP

You can access the network shares through the FTP site.

  1. In a web browser go to ftp://deviceIP.
    Where deviceIP is the CTERA Edge Filer IP address.
  2. Enable the FTP server on the CTERA Edge Filer.
  3. Enter the user name and password defined for you in the CTERA Edge Filer in order to authenticate the access to the FTP.


    If you enabled anonymous (unauthenticated) downloads from a specific directory, authentication is not required in order to access and download from that directory.

Mounting Network Shares Using NFS

When NFS access is configured, use the following procedure to access network shares from a Linux/UNIX computer.

  • Run the following command to mount the share: mount deviceIP:mountPath
    Where:
    deviceIP – The CTERA Edge Filer DNS namer or IP address.
    mountPath – The network share's mount name and path.
  • Run the following command to mount the share to a local folder: mount deviceIP:mountPath localFolder
    Where:
    deviceIP – The CTERA Edge Filer DNS namer or IP address.
    mountPath – The network share's mount name and path.
    localFolder – The name of the local folder.
    Note

    To view a network share's mount path, in the Shares > Shares page, click the name of the network share. The Network Share Wizard's NFS (UNIX File Sharing) window displays the network share's mount path in title area.

    For example, if the CTERA Edge Filer IP address is 10.1.1.1, the mount path is /shares, and the name is share9 and you want to mount this network share on the local folder /var/mnt/share9, the relevant command is:
    mount 10.1.1.1:/shares/share9 /var/mnt/share9
    For more information, see Configuring NFS Access.

    You can use the showmount utility with the -e flag to display the path in a friendly way. For example, with NFS version 4 the results are similar to the following:
    $ showmount -e 192.168.9.137
    Export list for 192.168.9.137:
    /nfs/shares/cloud-My Files 192.168.9.101/255.255.255.255 
    /nfs/shares/cloud-ACL 192.168.9.176/255.255.255.255,192.168.9.101/255.255.255.255
    

Accessing the Volumes Share

Administrators can access a hidden administrative share called /volumes using Windows File Sharing. Alternatively, they can access this share via the CTERA Edge Filer user interface's Files view.

The administrative share allows direct access to the files on each of the CTERA Edge Filer's volume.

To access the volumes share via Windows File Sharing:

  • On a computer connected to the same switch as the CTERA Edge Filer, browse to \\devicename\volumes\
    where devicename is the name of the CTERA Edge Filer.
    For information on viewing the CTERA Edge Filer's name, see Viewing CTERA Edge Filer Details.
    The administrative share is displayed.
Note

If the user name and password on the computer are identical to a user name and password on the CTERA Edge Filer, the computer automatically logs in to the share using that user name and password. You will not be prompted to authenticate. In all other cases, a pop-up window will appear, and you must authenticate using a valid user name and password.

To access the volumes share via the Files view:

  • In the Files view, change to the Volumes view.
    The administrative share opens, displaying all volumes.

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