Enabling the FS (File System) Provider

The Enterprise File Fabric appliance allows a local folder, or file system, to be added as provider. This is particularly useful for network file servers and applications that can be mounted as file systems in Linux.

To connect using the CIFS protocol directly see Enabling the CIFS Provider.

(This guide assumes you are familiar with mounting file systems on linux)

By default the ability to add a file system storage provider is disabled within the appliance and for user packages. To enable follow these instructions:

  • Login as appladmin in to the appliance
  • Go to Settings → Site Functionality
  • Toward the bottom of the page under Providers ensure that FS Provider is enabled

Tuning Block Size

In the same section you can also tune the block size used to read and write from the file system. The default value is 65536 (64KiB)

  • Login as appladmin in to the appliance
  • Go to Menu button in the top right of the screen → User Packages
  • Select the package assigned to the user/organization

  • Enable the FS provider for the package and save

Before you proceed further you will need to disable SELinux. Please follow the instructions Disable SELinux.

Mount the file system on the appliance. If you need to create a new Linux user do so and note the password as you will need it in the next step.

Login in to the SME user account and you should see FS as provider in the dropdown list when you login as SME user

Enter the Linux user name and password. This is the linux user that has read/write access to the mounted file system.

File system operations are performed by the File Fabric as the Linux user who mounted the file system. Access permissions thus will be determined by both the Enterprise File Fabric and the network file system.

The ability to mount the file system for each File Fabric user may also be supported. Contact Storage Made Easy support@storagemadeeasy.com for more information.