App Layering

Windows File Share

A Windows File Share configuration contains the credentials and storage location that the appliance needs to connect to a file share. Use Windows File Share Connector Configuration to publish Layered Images.

For more about Connectors and Connector Configurations, see Connect.

Before you start

Ensure that you have the following configurations:

  • A connector configuration with Offload Compositing enabled that supports packaging layers.
  • A network file share that can be accessed over SMB from packaging machines created by the packaging connector.

If this is your first time using App Layering

If this is your first time using App Layering and you want to publish layered image disks to a network file share, you can create a connector configuration for each of your publishing locations.

When publishing a layered image, you can select a connector configuration. If you don’t yet have the right connector configuration for the task, you can create one by clicking Add Connector Configuration on the Connectors page.

Required information for Windows File Share Connector Configuration settings

In the Management Console, select Connector > Add Connector Configuration > Windows File Share and click New.

To configure the Windows File Share, specify the following values:

  • Config name: A useful name to help identify and track this connector configuration.
  • SMB File Share Path: Network share path where layered image disks must be published.
  • User Name: Name of a user with read and write permissions to the given share path.
  • Password: Password of the given user.

Compositing Settings

  • Offload Connector Configuration: A connector configuration with Offload Compositing enabled. This connector configuration composites the layer on behalf of the Windows File Share connector. The virtual machine settings used by the Offload Compositing engine are from this connector configuration. For example, if the Offload Connector Configuration is set up to create UEFI machines, the resulting image is in UEFI format.

  • Disk Format: The virtual disk format to publish images as in the network file share. This can be either VHD or VHDX.

Windows File Share