NFS: Server for NFS should be configured to use Netgroups

Updated: February 2, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

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Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






Server for Network File System (NFS) is configured to use ClientGroups instead of Netgroups.


Client-based fencing (access control) for clients is performed by using a deprecated, proprietary technology instead of an industry standard that provides centralized client-based fencing for Server for NFS.


Use the appropriate centralized configuration, such as Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) or Network Information Service (NIS), to enable Netgroups.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, on the server that you plan to configure, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To configure Server for NFS to use netgroups

  1. In Administrative Tools, click Share and Storage Management.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Edit NFS Configuration.

  3. In Services for NFS Configuration Guide, in the left pane click Configure a Netgroup Source, and then click Netgroup Source Wizard.

  4. In Netgroup Source Type, click Use a netgroup source, and then proceed through the wizard.

Additional references

Specify How Server for NFS Obtains Windows User and Group Information (