How do I install the File Server and File Server VSS Agent Service roles on a server hosting SMB shares?

SUMMARY

This article provides information on installing the file server and file server VSS agent service roles on a server hosting SMB shares.

ISSUE

Installing these roles is necessary for protecting Hyper-VMs with disk storage located on SMB 3.0 shares.  These shares are available for Hyper-V servers 2012 and higher.  Use the procedures described below to install the file server and file server VSS service roles.  For details on protecting VMs with storage located on SMB 3.0 shares, see Protecting Hyper-V virtual machines with storage located on SMB 3.0 shares in the Recovery-Series and UEB Administrator’s Guide.

To install the File Server role

1. Run the Server Manager application.

2. Select Add Roles and features.

3. Navigate to the available Roles and select File and Storage Services; expand the available features under it.

4. Select File and iSCSI Services.

5. Enable File Server.

To install the File Server VSS Agent Service role

1. Run the Server Manager application.

2. Select Add Roles and features.

3. Navigate to the available Roles and select ‘File and Storage Services’; expand the available features under it.

4. Select File and iSCSI Services.

5. Enable File Server VSS Agent Service.

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