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NFSv3 Server Configuration Workflow

The NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow enables you to quickly configure NFSv3 service on the SVM, in preparation for configuring client access to files contained on the SVM.

As part of the workflow, an export rule is created in the default export policy for read-only access.

The following sections provide details about the workflow and how to execute the workflow:

Prerequisites for executing the NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow

You must ensure that certain requirements are met before executing the workflow. You must be a cluster administrator for executing this workflow.

  • Your system must be running clustered Data ONTAP.
    Note: This workflow is qualified to work with Data ONTAP 8.2.1 and later.
  • OnCommand Workflow Automation (WFA) 3.0 must be installed.
  • NFS license must be added.
  • The cluster must already be created and the cluster time must be synchronized with an NTP server.
  • Name services must be provided by NIS or UNIX local users and not by LDAP or Kerberos.

What happens when you execute the NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow

The NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow enables you to create an aggregate, an SVM for the NFS service, and DNS entries. You also assign a data failover group to the data LIF and open the default export policy to all clients.

The following illustration displays the tasks involved in executing the workflow:

Image displays tasks performed in the NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow.

Executing the NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow

Executing the NFSv3 Server Configuration workflow enables you to set up NFS service on an SVM for client access to files contained on the SVM.

Before you begin

You must have reviewed the requirements for executing the workflow.

About this task

You should have the following input parameters available for executing the workflow:

  • Cluster name
  • If you want to create a new aggregate:
    • Node name
    • Aggregate name
    • Aggregate RAID type
    • Number of disks to create the aggregate
  • For creating an SVM:
    • SVM name
    • Language
    • IPspace name
    • DNS domain names
    • DNS servers
  • NIS domain name and IP addresses of NIS servers
  • Name, address, network mask, home port, route gateway, and failover group of the LIF
  • Export rule details: client match for Read-write access


  1. Log in to WFA by providing the necessary credentials.
  2. Click Portal > Setup > NFSv3 Server Configuration.
    Tip: You can use the filter () to locate the workflow.
  3. Click the Execute icon ().
    The Execute Workflow 'NFSv3 Server Configuration' dialog box is displayed.
  4. Select the cluster name.
  5. Provide the aggregate details:
    If you are... Do this…
    Using an existing aggregate Select an appropriate aggregate from the drop-down list.
    Creating a new aggregate

    Enter the following values:

    • Node name
    • Aggregate name
    • RAID type
    • Disk count
  6. Create the SVM by providing details such as the SVM name, language, IPspace name, DNS domain names, and DNS servers.
    Note: The IPspace name is valid only for clusters running Data ONTAP 8.3 and later.
  7. Provide NIS details such as the NIS domain name and the IP addresses of the NIS servers.
  8. Provide logical interface (LIF) details such as the LIF name, address, home port, network mask address, route gateway, and failover group.
  9. Specify the export rule details by providing the client match IP.
    Two export rules are created with the following configurations:
    • Rule index 1
      • RO=any
      • RW=any
      • Superuser=any
      • anon=0
      • Protocol=any
      • Client match=IP address
    • Rule index 2
      • RO=any
      • RW=never
      • Superuser=none
      • anon=65534
      • Protocol=any
      • Client match=
  10. Optional: Click Preview to validate your workflow before executing it.
  11. Click Execute.
    You can also schedule the workflow for execution at a later date and time by selecting the Choose date and time for execution check box.

After you finish

You must create a data volume and provide access to the NFS clients by executing the NFSv3 File Access Workflow.