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Creating an IBM i NetServer File Share

Troubleshooting


Problem

This document provides instructions to create an IBM i NetServer File Share.

Resolving The Problem

This document will help you create a file share on the IBM i NetServer

When using IBM i Access for Windows System i Navigator:

Note: IBM i Access for Windows is supported only up through Windows 8.1.

1. Open System i Navigator, and expand the IBM i system name | Network | Servers | and then select TCP/IP.

System i Navigator screen shot.

2. Double-click on i5/OS NetServer to open the Shared Objects and Sessions window.

System i Navigator screen shot - Shared objects.

3. Right-click on Shared Objects and select New; then select File.

4. Give your new file share a name, an optional description, and set access to Read Only or Read/Write.

Note: Default Access is Read Only, so if users will need to save data to a drive mapped to this share, it must be changed to Read/Write, or else users will receive Access Denied when trying to save their data.

Screen shot - NetServer Create Share window

5. Click the [Browse] button, and select the path for the new share. Click OK to return the path to the Path name field of the file share screen.

Examples
o Selecting the IBM i name gives you the following path: /
o Selecting the directory abctest gives you the following path: /abctest

Browse for folder screen shot.

 
Share name: The name that appears in Microsoft Windows Network Neighborhood or Network Places.
Description: A brief description of the file share. This could be the same as the directory name, the same as the user name the share is created for, the same as the department which will use the share, and so on.
Access: Designates if the share is Read Only or Read/Write. The default is Read Only. If the share is created as Read Only, no one will be able to save data to this share.
Maximum Number of Users: Can be set at NOMAX or can be a designated number of users.
Path name: The path to the directory that the share points to. / designates the root directory. /USERDIR designates a directory called USERDIR which is on the root of the Integrated File System.

6. Click OK, and the File Share is created.


When using IBM Navigator for i:

Note: Navigator for i operates independently from the IBM i Access product. It is a good option to use if you are running Windows 10 or above or if you are configuring shares from a non-Windows platform (Linux, Mac, etc). Also, keep in mind that IBM Navigator for i must have the current HTTP Group PTF installed on the IBM i in order to work correctly.

1. In Navigator for i, expand IBM i Management, then File Systems, and select File Shares. This will open the File Shares interface in the right browser pane.

2. Select the Actions drop down menu, then New and File Share.

3. Give your new file share a name, an optional description, and set access to Read Only or Read/Write.

Note: Default Access is Read Only, so if users will need to save data to a drive mapped to this share, it must be changed to Read/Write, or else users will receive Access Denied when trying to save their data.

4. Click the [Browse] button, and select the path for the new share. Click OK to return the path to the Path name field of the file share screen.

Examples
o Selecting the IBM i name gives you the following path: /
o Selecting the directory abctest gives you the following path: /abctest


 
Share name: The name that appears in Microsoft Windows Network Neighborhood or Network Places.
Description: A brief description of the file share. This could be the same as the directory name, the same as the user name the share is created for, the same as the department which will use the share, and so on.
Access: Designates if the share is Read Only or Read/Write. The default is Read Only. If the share is created as Read Only, no one will be able to save data to this share.
Maximum Number of Users: Can be set at NOMAX or can be a designated number of users.
Path name: The path to the directory that the share points to. / designates the root directory. /USERDIR designates a directory called USERDIR which is on the root of the Integrated File System.


5.Click OK, and the File Share is created.


When using GO NETS Command Line Menu:

First review IBM Technote 'How to manage IBM i NetServer without Navigator', available online at: http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=nas8N1021773

1. On the GO NETS menu, take Option 3. to Add File Share.

Screen shot of GO NETS menu option 3.

2. Provide a share name and a path. The path must begin at the root of the Integrated File System (/) and contain the full path to the directory that is to be shared. For example, to share a first level directory on the root of the Integrated File System, use: /Directory_Name. To share a second level directory on the root of the Integrated File system, use: /Directory_Name/SubDirectory_Name. To share a folder in the QDLS file system, use /QDLS/Folder_name.

3. Set Access level to *R (Read Only) or *RW (Read/Write). Set other options as desired.

When using Access Client Solutions (ACS):
Access Client Solutions doesn't have an option to create file shares, however, it does have a link that can be used to open the web based Navigator for i.
When using Access Client Solutions, under the General Tab, choose 'Navigator for i'.     Log into Navigator for i when prompted.  Then follow the directions above in the section titled: 'When using IBM Navigator for i:'

Additional Note - added for searchability:

The name i5/OS NetServer may be used interchangeably with IBM i NetServer, System i NetServer, iSeries NetServer, OS/400 NetServer, or (older) AS/400 NetServer or AS400 NetServer.

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22633407

Document Information

Modified date:
18 December 2019

UID

nas8N1017477