The Configuring SMB and NFS File Shares module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Setting up the File Share Infrastructure

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • Configure NFS and SMB shares using Server Manager
  • Manage SMB share and session settings using Windows PowerShell
  • Configure SMB server setting using Windows PowerShell.

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Setting Up the File Share Infrastructure

Server Message Block (SMB) is Windows’ File and Print Sharing protocol for accessing shared folders and printers in a Windows network environment. SMB has been used since the early releases of Windows operating systems and has been enhanced further in the latest version that make SMB more secure and reliable for file and print sharing.

A file server is a computer designated for the purpose of providing a location to store, retrieve and process data files. Shares can be configured on any Windows device to share folders, files and printers with other Windows computers in the network. These files can include text documents, pictures, sound, videos, or other multi-media. File servers are set up for shared disk configuration where the storage media are pooled for optimized access to network users.

File servers do not perform any computational tasks, like messaging servers that manage emails or database servers that process database queries.

File server administrators ensure security to proprietary data by setting permissions to folders and files to ensure that only authorized users can access them.

In this exercise, you will manage the file server’s security using Shared permissions that are assigned to a folder and then verify the permissions.

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