Creating a Subclient with Auto-mount Contents for NFS Exports

Applies To: Content paths that begin with the file server interface

When you add content to a subclient, if the content path uses the following format: file_server_interface:/NFS_export_path, then the backup operation can automatically mount the appropriate NFS export. The file server interface can be the host name or the IP address. To add content to the subclient, you can browse for content or you can manually add content.


  • You cannot switch the subclient content from auto-mount format to mount point format or vice-versa.
  • For newly created subclients, the subclient content format defaults to the auto-mount format. If you want to specify the subclient content in mount point format, then add paths manually.
  • For existing subclients, the browse type is determined based on the subclient content that is already present. If the subclient content is in auto-mount format, then the browse operation shows exports on the file server. If the subclient content is in mount point format, then the browse operation shows the proxy contents.

Before You Begin


  1. From the CommCell Browser, expand Client Computers > NAS client > file system, right-click defaultBackupSet, point to All Tasks, and then click New Subclient.

    The Subclient Properties dialog box appears.

  2. In the Subclient Name box, type a name for the new subclient.
  3. On the Content tab, add the paths to the content you want to back up:

    Option to add a path


    Browse and select the NFS exports available on the file server

    1. Click Browse.

      The Browse Configuration dialog box appears.

    2. In the File Server Interface box, review the default value (the client host).

      You can update the default value to an NFS interface on the file server.

    3. From the Proxy list, click the proxy to use to browse for the exports.
    4. Click OK.

      The Browsing contents dialog appears.

    5. Click the NFS export that you want to back up, and then click Add.

    Manually add a path

    1. Click Add Paths.

      The Add Multiple Contents dialog box appears.

    2. Type the following command:



      • file_server_interface is the NFS interface from the file server used when the NFS export is automatically mounted. The file server interface can be the host name or the IP address.
      • NFS_export_path is the path to the NFS export.

        You can include wildcards only at the share level (or the NFS export path). For example, if your file server Server1 has shares named /Dep1, /Dep2, /Dep3, /Dep4, and if you add Server1:/Dep* as content, then Server1:/Dep1, Server1:/Dep2, Server1:/Dep3, and Server1:/Dep4 are backed up.

        You cannot include wildcard content under the share. For example, if /Dep1 has folder1 - folder10. Adding content by specifying Server1:/Dep1/folder[1-5] does not expand the content to folder1-folder5.

  4. On the Storage Device tab, in the Storage Policy list, click a storage policy name to associate with the subclient.

    Tip: To create a new storage policy, click Create Storage Policy and follow the instructions in the storage policy creation wizard.

  5. On the Data Access Nodes tab, under Available Data Access Nodes, select the data access nodes that will participate in the backup operation, and then click Add.
  6. Click OK.

Last modified: 4/2/2020 9:44:36 AM