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With Server Backup Manager, you can store and archive Virtual Full Backup replicas onto any disk-based storage and Network Shares.

You can only use NAS appliances that support NFS locking; this includes most commercial-grade NAS appliances, but not all.
This article will provide instructions on how to store Disk Safes on a Windows Network (CIFS) Share.


h3. Creating a Windows Network Share

{info:title=Reference: CIFS}CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that defines a standard for remote file access. CIFS is used to provide shared access to files, printers, serial ports, communications between nodes on a network, etc. CIFS are mostly run on Windows.
For instructions on network sharing, refer to: [Windows File Sharing (SMB/SAMBA/CIFS)|] (external link).

h3. Creating a Disk Safe

While creating a Disk Safe, specify a Windows Network Share in the Path field. The share must be available for the user account under which the Backup Manager is running.
!Create New Disk Safe window_path for Network share_English.png!
{note:title=Notice}Windows network share should always be specified using a UNC style path (e.g. {{\\server\share\folder}}) convention.
{info:title=Reference: UNC}UNC is an abbreviation for Universal Naming Convention which implies that a network share can be addressed according to the following:


where _ServerComputerName_ is the WINS name, DNS name, or IP address of the server computer, and _ShareName_ may be a folder or file name, or its path.

{note:title=Notice}The target share directory must be empty. The Disk Safe cannot be created in a folder that is not empty. 
{note}See also [Create Disk Safes].

h3. Creating a Policy

While creating a Policy, select the Disk Safe linked to the network share.
!Create New Policy window_Disk Safe on Network Share_English.png!
See also: [Create policies].

h3. Closing and Detaching the Disk Safe

You can close the Disk Safe located on a network share as usual. See [Close Disk Safes].

!Disk Safe list_Network path_Close icon_English.png!

The closed Disk Safe can be detached as usual. See [Detach Disk Safes].

!Disk Safe list_Network path_Closed_Detach icon_English.png!

h3. Attaching Existing Disk Safe

You can attach an existing Disk Safe located in a Network Share. Define the path in UNC format. See [Attach Disk Safes].

!Disk Safe_Attach Existing Disk Safe_with Network path_English.png!

{excerpt:hidden=true}Instructions on how to save Disk Safes on a Windows Network Share using Server Backup Manager.{excerpt}