How to create a Windows share on FreeNAS

Welcome back, everyone! Today we are going to create our first Windows share on FreeNAS. If you have followed the previous article on how to install FreeNAS, you should continue here. After successfully installing our FreeNAS box, we now need to go ahead and create our first dataset and our first share. I will guide you through each step that is necessary up until you can add the share to your Windows machine.

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Let’s get started right away.

 

Step 1 Creating a User Account

First things first – to share something, we first need to create an account. We will also create a group for the user. When creating a share with FreeNAS, you need to assign a User and a Group. Because I want this User to have the sole permission on this Share, I assign him the User and Group Permission.

Log in to your FreeNAS Web GUI and navigate to Account -> Users -> Add User.

Fill out everything accordingly, then scroll down to the bottom and click on OK.

How to create a Windows share on FreeNAS
Creating a User

 

As you can see, with ticking the box on number 4, we automatically created a group for the user with the same name.

 

Step 2 Creating a Dataset

Navigate to Storage -> Volumes -> /mnt/NameOfYourVolume and click on Create Dataset. The Dataset is basically the “drive” where you will create your share on. Give the Dataset a name, select the Share Type (Windows) and click on Add Dataset.

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Creating a Dataset

Now click on Change Permissions to give our user access to the Dataset.

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Giving permissions

Click on View Volumes to see your Datasets and how much space is still free.

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Check your Dataset

 

Step 3 Creating a Windows Share

Time to create the share. Navigate to Sharing -> Windows (SMB) Shares -> Add Windows (SMB) Share.

Click on Browse and select the Dataset you created above. Give it a name and click on OK. It can be the same name as the Dataset.

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Creating a Share

 

If this is your first share, you will get asked if you want to enable this service. You do want.

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Enable the SMB Service

 

How to create a Windows Share with FreeNAS
Enable the SMB service

 

Now we have everything in place and we can go ahead and add the share to our Windows Computer.

 

Step 4 Adding the Share to Windows

Bare with me, almost done. Open a Windows Explorer by pressing Windows Key + E. Click on Share on the top.

How to create a Windows Share on FreeNAS
Click on Share

 

Now click on Map Network Drive.

How to create a Windows Share on FreeNAS
Map Network Drive

 

Select a Drive Letter, enter the path to your NAS and Share and tick Reconnect at sign-in and Connect using different credentials. Hit Finish.

How to create a Windows Share on FreeNAS
Connect to your NAS

 

And if you did follow every step religiously so far, you should now see your Network Drive showing up in your Windows Explorer. If you made it that far, congratulations, you successfully installed FreeNAS and created your first share. Time to shovel some data on it!

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Until next time!

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