According to the forums, problems with the SMB share seem to be one of the most frequent issues. This article will help you work through those issues. It is written specifically for Windows installations, with the share being located on the CloneDeploy server, but the concepts can be applied to any OS or remote share.
Typically when installing CloneDeploy using the automated Windows installer, all components are setup and ready to go out of the box. For a small percentage of users the SMB share does not get created properly. I am still unsure why this only effects certain users. CloneDeploy uses a standard share for uploading and deploying images, it requires that all client computers connect directly to the share. The CloneDeploy Server must also have access to either the share’s physical path on the local server or the UNC path if a remote share.
The following commands are run from an elevated cmd prompt on the CloneDeploy Server.
All instances of program files(x86) should be replaced with program files if you installed on a 32 bit machine.
1. Verify The Share Users Exist
2. Verify The Share Exists
You should see a share with the name cd_share and a Resource(path) of c:\program files (x86)\clonedeploy\cd_dp
3. Verify The Share Permissions
net share cd_share
You should see the cd_share_ro user with READ permission and the cd_share_rw user with FULL permission
4. Verify The Security (NTFS) Permissions
icacls "c:\program files (x86)\clonedeploy\cd_dp"
You should see:
IIS_IUSRS user with (OI)(CI)(M) permissions
cd_share_rw user with (OI)(CI)(F) permissions
cd_share_ro user with (OI)(CI)(RX) permissions
If the previous 4 commands show the appropriate output, then the SMB share is configured properly. Time to test.
5. Verify IIS Can Create Image Folders
- Login to the CloneDeploy Web Interface
- Select Images
- Select New
- Enter TestImage for the name
- Click Add
- Open File Explorer
- Navigate to c:\program files (x86)\clonedeploy\cd_dp\images
- Verify the TestImage folder was created
Resolution: Verify Step 4. Verify the distribution point physical path is correct.
6. Verify Client Computers Can Connect To The Share
- Boot the computer you wish to upload using either the PXE or ISO boot method
- Select Client Console from the boot menu
- Login when prompted
- Enter the following commands
In the following command replace [server-ip] with the CloneDeploy Server IP. Replace [cd_share_rw pass] with the password for the cd_share_rw user
mount -t cifs //[server-ip]/cd_share /storage -o user=cd_share_rw,pass=[cd_share_rw pass],dom=workgroup,vers=2.0
You should now see the TestImage folder that was created in Step 5
Now verify the cd_share_rw user can write to the share
You should see the write-test folder
rm -rf write-test
7. Verify Distribution Point
If this step passes and you still receive an SMB error when trying to upload an image, then there is configuration problem with your Distribution Point.
- Login to the CloneDeploy Web Interface
- Select Admin->Distribution Points
- Select view on the default Distribution Point
- Verify all fields are correct
- Update the password fields if necessary, these are always blank, this is normal
- Verify the passwords for the cd_share_ro and cd_share_rw users do not contain & $ < > ? ” ‘
If so, change the passwords for the users on the Server OS and Distribution Point
If preferred, the following steps can be achieved through a GUI instead of the cmd line.
A. Create Users
In the following commands replace [password] with a password of your choosing remembering not to use & $ < > ? ” ‘
net user cd_share_ro [password] /add net user cd_share_rw [password] /add WMIC USERACCOUNT WHERE Name="cd_share_ro" SET PasswordExpires=FALSE WMIC USERACCOUNT WHERE Name="cd_share_rw" SET PasswordExpires=FALSE
B. Delete Share
net share cd_share /delete
C. Create Share
net share "cd_share=c:\program files (x86)\clonedeploy\cd_dp" /grant:cd_share_ro,READ /grant:cd_share_rw,FULL"
D. Set Permissions
icacls "c:\program files (x86)\clonedeploy\cd_dp" /T /C /grant cd_share_ro:(OI)(CI)RX /grant cd_share_rw:(OI)(CI)F /grant IIS_IUSRS:(OI)(CI)M