SMB Management Using the GUI

This page details SMB management - setting up an SMB cluster over WekaIO filesystems and managing the cluster itself - using the GUI.

Configuring a Samba Cluster

To configure a Samba cluster, first access the SMB Service view.

SMB Service View

To configure the Samba cluster, click the Configure button. The following Configure Cluster window will be displayed:

Configure Samba Cluster Window

Enter the name and domain, choose between 3 to 8 hosts and enter the IPs (make sure to provide IPs equal to or 3 times greater than the number of hosts selected). Then click the Configure button.

Note: in order to add an IP range, it is possible to usea.b.c.x-y notation.

Note: In AWS installations, it is not possible to enter a list of SMB service addresses. The SMB service must be accessed using the primary addresses of the cluster nodes.

The following Samba Cluster Configuration window will be displayed:

Samba Cluster Configuration Window

Note: The status of the hosts will change from not ready to ready.

Joining Samba to an Active Directory

To join Samba to an Active Directory, click the Join button when all hosts have been prepared and are ready. The following window will be displayed:

Join Samba to Active Directory Window

Enter the provided username and password in order to access the Active Directory. The Server input field is optional. The default for the Computers Org.Unit field is the Computers directory, but it is possible to define any other directory in Active Directory to be connected, such as SMB servers or Corporate computer.

Note: WekaIO does not save the user password. A computer account is created on behalf of the user for the SMB cluster.

Note: The AD server must be the DNS server for the WekaIO storage nodes in order for them to join the AD domain

On successful completion, the join status next to the domain will change to "joined as <username>" as shown below:

Samba Cluster Configuration Window

In order to join another Active Directory to the current Samba cluster configuration, click the Leave button. To confirm this action, it is necessary to enter the username and password used to connect to the Active Directory.

Note: To configure a new Samba cluster, the current Samba cluster has to be deleted.

Deleting a Samba Cluster

To delete a configured Samba cluster, click the Reset button in the Configure Samba Cluster window. The following window will be displayed:

Samba Cluster Reset Confirmation

Confirm the deletion by clicking the Reset button.

Listing SMB Shares

To access SMB shares, click the SMB Shares tab in the SMB Service Overview screen. A list of all SMB shares will be displayed:

SMB Shares List

Note: It is possible to filter this list using any column in the table.

Adding an SMB Share

To add a new SMB share, click Create Share at the top right-hand corner of the table. The following Create Share window will be displayed:

Enter the new share name and description, select a filesystem and enter the path (valid and relative internal path within the filesystem which will be exposed). Also determine the new default file/directory permissions created through the share. Then click the Create button. The new share will receive the readcache mount mode.

Removing an SMB Share

To remove an SMB share, click anywhere on the row to be removed and then click the Delete button.

Removing an SMB Share

The Samba Share Deletion window will be displayed:

Samba Share Deletion Window

Click the Yes button to confirm deletion of the share. The deleted share will no longer appear in the SMB Shares list.