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NFS Shares with Apps on TrueNAS SCALE

With the changes to TrueNAS SCALE 22.12 concerning HostPath validation (read our news or our adding storage pages to learn more) the one way to add media storage is to mount NFS Shares to your TrueCharts applications. This process involves two parts, and this guide will demonstrate each step to create NFS Shares in SCALE and then add them in the Storage section of TrueCharts apps.

Additionally, you can use NFS shares and SMB shares on the same dataset, but only NFS shares are mounted by TrueCharts applications.

Part 1 - Create NFS Shares in SCALE

In the main SCALE GUI, select the Shares item on the menu bar and you’ll read this page.

Shares Main

Click on Add inside the “UNIX (NFS) Shares” section. Select the dataset or folder that contains your media library, a description is optional but helps, and then click Save

Add NFS Share

Repeat as necessary for different folders or datasets you wish to share, and make sure you note the paths of each NFS Share, as you will need to enter those later.

Part 2 - Add NFS Shares to Applications

Next you’re going to add NFS Storage to your applications. This can be in the “media” or “downloads” storage sections for certain apps, or “Additional App Storage” for others (such as the example below). We do not recommend installing the entire app to NFS Shares as that can corrupt any databases inside the app. This is meant for media or file storage only.

  1. Select Add next to “Additional Add Storage”

Additional Storage Add

  1. Change to NFS Share in the “Type of Storage” dropdown

NFS Add Storage Blank

  1. Enter info for yourNFS Share as below, for this example we’ll use the “Downloads” share we created above.
  • The NFS Server should be localhost
  • Path on NFS Server has to match your NFS Shares path, as above I had mnt/Storage/Apps/Downloads/
  • Mount Path is the container’s path to mount the storage to, I simply put /downloads

NFS Add Storage Filled

  • Continue entering info as any regular app and click Save.

And that’s it, to verify depending on the app you can use the App Shell such as the example below or the GUI inside the web interface of your app.

App Shell Storage Added