Install MS SQL 19 Instance on NFS

Meyers, Martel 41 Reputation points

During "Feature Selection" stage in SQL Server 2019 Setup, I select Database Engine Services and for Instance root directory, I specify "A:\". This drive I have tried mounting 2 different ways:

mount -o anon nolock A:
New-PSDrive -Name "A" -Root "\\export\share" -Scope Global -Persist -PSProvider FileSystem

And as seen in attached screenshot, I get the error:
"The path A:\ is not on a specified drive Type."

How can I:
a.) Install SQL 19 instance on NFS mapped drive, or
b.) Migrate an existing instance to NFS

Root issue is that there is not enough space locally to support the growth of these databases, and we need to incorporate shared storage somehow.

Thank you for your time: I have scoured the internet for days and have not found anything pertaining to this particular issue "not on a specified drive Type".


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  1. David Browne - msft 3,766 Reputation points

    SQL Server does not support databases stored on NFS.

    It does support using SMB Shares, but not using a share mounted to a folder with NET USE, as that is session-specific.

    While specifying the SMB file share, the following are supported Universal Naming Convention (UNC) Path formats for standalone and FCI databases:



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