Adding an Additional File Server for Nutanix Files Exported to CIFS

You can add an additional file server for Nutanix Files that are exported to CIFS.

When you add a file server, a backup set, and a default subclient are automatically created.

Start the Configuration Wizard

  1. From the navigation pane, go to Protect > File servers.

    The Overview page appears.

  2. Go to the File servers tab.

  3. In the upper-right area of the page, click Add server.

    The Configure File Server page appears.

  4. Select Nutanix Files as the server type and click Next.

    The Add Nutanix Files page of the configuration wizard appears.

  5. In the Name box, enter the file server name.

  6. From the Nutanix Files server list, select the host.

  7. Click Next.

    The Plan page of the configuration wizard appears.


  1. From the Plan list, select the server plan to use for the file server.

  2. If you have not created a plan, click the Add button to create one.

    • On the Create server backup plan page, type a name for the plan, then provide information about storage, retention, and backup schedules.

      For more information, see Creating a Server Plan.

  3. Click Next.

    The Backup method page of the configuration wizard appears.

Backup Method

  1. Move the CIFS toggle key to the right.

  2. From the Access node list, select the Windows access nodes to use for backups of the file server.

    You can select a file server or a file server group (that contains Windows file servers).


    The access nodes that you select must have the same feature release.

Backup Content

  1. Move the All CIFS exports toggle key to the left to define backup content.

  2. To use credentials when browsing the file server and performing backups, under Impersonate User, click Edit, and then enter the credentials to access the file server.

  3. To exclude items from backups, in the Exclusions tab, do the following:

    • To enter paths to items you want to exclude from backups, in the Enter custom path box, enter a filter pattern, and then click the Add button.

    • To select items from a file system view of the server, click Browse, and then select the check boxes for the items that you want to exclude from backups.

    • To configure how global exclusions are applied to the subclient, from the Include global exclusions list, select one of the following:

      • Use cell level policy (default): Enables or disables the global exclusions for the subclient depending on whether the Use global exclusions on all subclients option is enabled for the environment.

      • On: Enables the global exclusions for the default subclient.

      • Off: Disables the global exclusions for the default subclient.

  4. Click Add.

For information about customizing the backup content for a file server, see Customizing the Backup Content for a Server.