How to Configure FreeNAS 11.2 Windows Share

How to Configure FreeNAS 11.2 Windows Share. Step by Step


In this article I will show how to configure FreeNAS 11.2 Windows Share with new FreeNAS GUI. FreeNAS in 11.2-RELEASE introduce web interface and new features. For configuration from old  (Legacy Web Interface) read this article.

Also i will show how to access from Windows 10 to FreeNAS shared SMB folders.



1. Add New FreeNAS User


In the first step we need add FreeNAS user.
To add new user

  • From left pane go to Accounts -> Users, press “ADD” button in upper right corner
  • Fill with the name, username, and password all necessary fields.

In my example user is billing.

FeeNAS add new user



2. FreeNAS 11.2 Create Dataset


Now we need create and configure new Dataset for SMB share. To create new dataset in FreeNAS 11.2

  • Go to the left pane, Storage -> Pools
  • Then click on three doted button next to the selected Pool. and choice “Add Dataset“.

create dataset freenas 11.2


  • Fill name field with Dataset name (for example Billing)
  • Change Share Type to Windows
  • Click SAVE button

freenas windows dataset configuration


3. Freenas 11.2 Windows Share Permissions


To edit Dataset Permissions click to the new created Dataset (Billing) settings and select the “Edit Permissions” option

  • From drop-down menu select new created user in step 1 (in our case billing)
  • Click SAVE button

Dataset Permissions



4. FreeNAS 11.2 Create Windows Share


To create SMB Share:

  • Click on Sharing -> Windows (SMB) Shares on the left pane
  • Click ADD button
  • In Patch section click on the folder and navigate to the folder which you need to share (as shown on picture)
  • Click SAVE button

freenas create windows share



Map FreeNAS Drive Windows 10


Now we can map our FreeNAS SMB share to Windows 10

  • Open Windows file explorer
  • Click “Map network drive” button

Map FreeNAS Drive Windows 10


In next network drive mapping wizard:

  • Select drive letter
  • And add patch to the network share on FreeNAS
  • Optional you can check “Reconnect at sign-in” checkbox if you need
  • And click FINISH button on the wizard.

Map network drive

After this final step your you can use shared folder on your Windows 10 PC.


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