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Is Workgroup Mode Supported for CIFS/SMB in ONTAP?

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Applies to

ONTAP 9 

Answer

  • Workgroup mode is a standard feature in Windows that allows a workstation to operate without an Active Directory Domain, it allows the ability to authenticate and serve data without DC interaction
  • Support for Workgroup mode was missing for older versions of Data ONTAP, but it has been added as of ONTAP 9.0 and later
  • This feature is crucial in situations like:
    • When customers do not want a Microsoft domain infrastructure
    • When customers are prevented from using a Microsoft domain by regulation policies
      • How to create a new CIFS server configured for Workgroup mode?
        • Cluster::>vserver cifs create -vserver [vserver_name] -cifs-server [cifs_server_name] -workgroup [workgroup_name]
      • How to move a CIFS server from a domain to a workgroup?
        • Cluster::>vserver cifs modify -vserver [vserver_name] -cifs-server [cifs_server_name] -status-admin down -workgroup [workgroup_name]
      •  How to move a CIFS server from a workgroup to a domain?
        • Cluster::>vserver cifs modify -vserver [vserver_name] -cifs-server [cifs_server_name] -status-admin down -domain [domain_name]