NFS: Services for Network File System should be used or uninstalled

Published: April 27, 2010

Updated: February 2, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.


Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services





No Network File System (NFS) shares (exports) are configured for Services for Network File System.

Users will not be able to access shared folders by using the NFS protocol. The unused service will consume system resources and increase the surface area for malicious users to attack without providing any functionality to users.

Use Share and Storage Management to provision one or more NFS shares, or uninstall Services for Network File System if it is not being used.

To share the content of folders and volumes that are stored on your server, you can use the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard in Share and Storage Management.

To uninstall Services for Network File System, see Install and Uninstall Services for Network File System Using the Windows Interface(

Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

  1. In Administrative Tools, click Share and Storage Management.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Provision Share.

  3. In the Provision a Shared Folder Wizard, enter the location of the folder that you want to share, and then proceed through the wizard.

Create an NFS Shared Network Resource (

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