I want to configure CIFS on my Netapp. The Netapp cluster has for DNS the Google's DNS (22.214.171.124) and I haven't an Active Directory. I want my client which are in WORKGROUP can connect to a CIFS share on the cluster. Is an Active Directory required ?
As far as I know currently only CIFS servers that a part of Active Directory are supported. Although documentation mentions that "Workgroups are not supported in this release", so it is possible that it will be supported in the future.
In conclusion, my CIFS SVM/Volume must join the Active Directory Server. The Clients ans Server which access to the CIFS share could be outside, in WORKGROUP for example.
But what about the post of Aborzenkov :
"As far as I know currently only CIFS servers that a part of Active Directory are supported. Although documentation mentions that "Workgroups are not supported in this release", so it is possible that it will be supported in the future".
The SVM has to be in an AD domain, otherwise you will not get any CIFS functionality.
The clients that connect to the NetApp can be either other AD members (domain computers) or standalone computers (i.e. computers running in Workgroup mode). Note that if you try to connect to the SVM on the NetApp cluster from a computer which is NOT part of the same domain, you will have to supply a username and password to connect. This can be either a domain user (using "DOM\User"-style usernames) or a local user created on the SVM (see the vserver cifs users-and-groups local-user create command). This is the same, actually, as with Windows servers and computers without any NetApp involved
Also, if you really need CIFS with Workgroup style authentication, it is possible that this might be added to Data OnTap at a later date (all documentation, for example, says it is "not yet available" or "currently not possible")....
I'd just like to say it's very inconv. to force the use of AD just to enable CIFS. I'm a complete linux shop and use my FAS device for NFS primarily. I figured 'hey why not use it's CIFS support' ... nope.
So I'll be using a cheap, unreliable network storage device simply to host CIFS shares meanwhile.
++bump as a feature request. Simply let me turn it on and create shares like every other network storage device lets you.
We are _currently_ an "NFS" shop because all I use the NetApp for is NFS storage for xenserver clusters. I have a separate low quality device that's being relied on heavily for CIFS, so I figured why not use the NetApp for CIFS too.
I'd like to move to the NetApp, that's all. I am on 9.x so thanks for the tip!
So basically, you can configure CIFS with an empty AD value via CLI, but not System Manager (I believe it gives you an error when it's blank).