Product Documentation

Set up a file share for the App Layering appliance

Jan 11, 2018

The App Layering appliance must be connected to a network file share. When setting up the appliance's file share:

  • The file share must be configured using SMB technology.

    Note: If you used a previous (Unidesk 4.0.x) version of the product to configure an NFS file share, you can continue using the file share, but it will not support Elastic Layer assignments.

  • The user credentials for the file share must have full permissions for that share.

  • The share must be set up by the admin to be readonly for all users except for the one configured in the appliance. This secures the Layers and other files stored on the share.

  • Ensure that you have the minimum storage space requirement of 40-100GB for your file share.

    Note: Storage space is expandable, as you can add space to a disk, or other disks to the appliance.

  • For convenience, set up a File Share hosted in your hypervisor.

  • For Azure: Currently, the App Layering Appliance does not support the Azure File Share feature. For best performance, it is best to create a file share server in Azure using a fast system with a Premium Disk, for example, a DS class machine. 

Create the network file share

Configure a file share that uses Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

  • Follow the vendor's instructions for setting up a file share using the SMB protocol. 

Configure the App Layering appliance to access the file share

Once you have created a file share, configure the App Layering Appliance to attach to it. You can configure the appliance via the App Layering Management Console.

  1. In the Management Console, select System > Settings and Configuration, then scroll down to the network file shares setting and click Edit.

  2. Specify a Type, Path, User name, and Password for the file share.

  3. Click Test Network File Share to see if you can connect to the file share. The test returns a message stating either Success or Failed to mount network file share path.

  4. Once the test returns a Success message, click Save.