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Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

Hi,

Is it possible to manage a filer with and AD account without a CIFS License?

We have 6 Filers and we do have a CIFS licencse for only 4. For those 4, we can use a active Directory account to manage it, but can we do the same thing for the two that do not have the licenses?

Thanks

Réal Waite

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

You can still join the domain without a license and add domainusers for login...

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

Will it work also without FCP/iSCSI (i.e. pure NFS)?

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

Yes. Cifs setup will run for authentication without a license.

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Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

Hi Scott,

Can you tell me how to do it because I have this message when I tried the command "cifs setup"

filer> cifs setup

CIFS is not licensed.

(Use the "license" command to license it.)

Thanks

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

What version of ontap? It may have changed since I last did it. But on a San only customer have it authenticating without a cifs license.

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Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

That’s correct, block protocol licenses enable some CIFS functionality; but I have never heard it was possible with NFS only filer.

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

I'll check of documented but remember doing it just to get domain user for login. What I am wondering now is if we had a demo key and if it just kept working after. But can't think of a change when cifs setup was disabled...but from the last post it obviously is and I missed it.

What was the ontap and licenses in the system?

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Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

Hi Scott,

DOT 7.3.6

thanks

Réal

Re: Manage a Filer with a AD account without a CIFS License

I just ran through some what if scenarios in my vsim..  If fcp or iscsi or cifs are licensed (any of the 3) then cifs setup works.  If one of the 3 are not licensed then you get the error that it needs a license.  What I did find is that if cifs is already setup, it will still start and run for authentication even without any of the 3 licensed.

I would talk to your NetApp team and ask about a demo key so you can setup cifs, cifs setup, then delete the license.  You won't be using it for protocol access just authentication and that would be a workaround (if approved).  If you ever need to modify it then you would need a key again... you don't have iscsi or fcp licensed on this system and nfs only?

Something learned new again today...or relearned   With the nfs only system a while ago... iscsi was free on all controllers back then and cifs setup would have worked the based on that.  That has to be what happened when I setup cifs only for domainuser login.