How to create a network share in openmediavault

Jack Wallen guides you to better storage by creating a network share in openmediavault.

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The openmediavault platform is an outstanding option for deploying network attached storage on your network. It’s open-source, free, flexible and very reliable. This cost-effective solution allows administrators to create a robust storage system for any size business.

The only thing about openmediavault is that it takes a bit of work to get everything up and running. Of course, installing openmediavault can be done quickly and easily, but once that’s done, you still have a few steps to follow.

One of the most important tasks is creating network shares. After all, you want your users to be able to access this storage device in familiar ways, such as using their operating system’s file manager. And that’s why I’m going to walk you through the process of creating a network share in openmediavault.

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What you will need

The only things you need to take care of are a running instance of openmediavault and a user with administrator privileges.

How to create a network share

Create a shared folder

Before creating the network share, we need to create a shared folder first. To do this, log in to openmediavault and click on Storage | Shared folders. In the resulting window (Figure A), give it a name, select the file system, set permissions, add an optional comment, and click Save.

Figure A

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Adding a shared folder is required before creating the share.

Access the sharing page

Log in to openmediavault and expand Services in the left sidebar. Next, expand SMB/CIFS, then click Shares (Figure B).

Figure B

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. The expanded Share section reveals our target.

Create the share

In the resulting window (Figure C), click + to create a new share.

Figure C

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. The overview of sharing in openmediavault.

Fill in the necessary information for sharing (Figure D), making sure to select the new shared folder you created earlier. Read through all the options to make sure you’re applying the necessary configurations for how you need your share to work and be accessible.

Figure D

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Be sure to read all descriptions to find out if there is an option you need to apply to sharing.

Once you’ve configured sharing, click Save. You will then be prompted to apply the changes (Figure E).

Figure E

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. Apply the new changes for them to take effect.

You’ll also need to make sure to create users in openmediavault (which I described in How to add users and groups in openmediavault), otherwise users won’t be able to authenticate to shares.

How to access shares

How you access shared folders depends on the operating system you are using. For example, on Pop!_OS, I open File Manager and go to Other Locations, where I’ll see all my openmediavault shares (Figure F).

Figure F

Image: Jack Wallen/TechRepublic. My openmediavault shares are now available.

Congratulations, you have just created a network share accessible to anyone on your network with an account on openmediavault. These users can start storing and retrieving files to and from your NAS.

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