Creating a Subclient for Nutanix Files Exported to CIFS

You can create a user-defined subclient for Nutanix Files that are exported to CIFS.

When you add a file server, a default subclient is automatically created. The default subclient contains all the data, and cannot be deleted. You can create more subclients for data that has different backup requirements.

Two different subclients may contain instances the same content. Regardless, the content is backed up for each subclient.

The default subclient does not back up the content that is specified in the other subclients within the same backup set.

Before You Begin

  • Verify that all Windows access nodes have access and permissions to the CIFS share that you add to the subclient.

  • Verify that the user credentials used to access the subclient have read and write permissions on the CIFS share. You can use the Impersonate user option to perform backups or to browse the subclient for content using these credentials.

  • If you are creating a subclient whose content is CIFS shares from non-default access zone, verify that the subclient content is from the same access zone.

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, and then click the file server.

    The file server page appears.

  3. Under Protocols, click CIFS.

    The CIFS Overview page appears.

  4. On the Subclients tab, on the right of the page, click Add subclient.

    The Add Subclient page appears.

  5. In the Subclient name box, enter a name for the subclient.

  6. In case of multiple backup sets, select the backup set from the Backup set list.

  7. Click Next.

    The Plan page appears.


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

  2. Click Next.

    The Content page appears.

Backup Content

  1. Select the CIFS share that you want to back up.

    Only the CFT backup enabled shares are included in backups.

  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 Submit.

For more information about customizing the backup content for a subclient, see Wildcards for Windows File System Subclients.