SMB Storage

SMB servers are a common form of Windows shared filesystem infrastructure that you can use as a storage repository substrate for virtual disks. VM images in SMB servers are stored as thinly provisioned VHD files on an SMB target. As SMB servers are shared SRs, you can start VMs that have virtual disks in SMB servers on any server in a pool. These VMs readily migrate between the servers.


SMB storage is available for Citrix Hypervisor Premium Edition customers, or customers who have access to Citrix Hypervisor through their Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops entitlement. To learn more about Citrix Hypervisor licensing, see About Citrix Hypervisor Licensing.

To configure an SMB SR

  1. Open the New Storage Repository wizard: click New Storage on the toolbar.
  2. Select SMB as the physical storage type, then click Next.
  3. On the Name page, enter the name of the new SR. By default, the wizard generates a description of the SR. This description includes a summary of the configuration options you select as you progress through the wizard. To enter your own description, clear the Auto-generate description based on SR settings check box and type in the Description box. Click Next to continue.
  4. On the Location page, specify the details of the storage target:
    • Share Name The IP address or DNS name of the server and the path. For example, \\server\path where server is the DNS name or IP address of the server computer, and path is a folder or file name. Configure the SMB server to export the specified path to all servers in the pool.
    • User name and Password (Optional) To connect to an SMB server using a different user name, enter your login user name and password.
  5. Click Scan to have the wizard scan for existing SMB SRs in the location you specified.
  6. The New Storage Repository wizard lists any existing SRs which are not already attached. You can select an SR from the list and attach it as the new storage repository. Click Reattach an existing SR and select the SR from the list, then click Finish.
  7. If no existing SRs are found, simply click Finish to complete the new SR configuration and close the wizard.
SMB Storage