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This guide provides the essential steps for setting up ExtremeZ-IP. For detailed File and Print Server configuration instructions, see this page.

If you are installing on a cluster, please refer to the post-installation steps in the manual.

Before You Begin

Verify your server meets the requirements for ExtremeZ-IP. It is recommended you quit any running programs, including the Services control panel, before starting the installation.

ExtremeZ-IP System Requirements

The following are the minimum system requirements for ExtremeZ-IP File and Print Server. The recommended system requirements for a particular implementation or application can vary so please contact us at if you have questions or need assistance.

  • Windows Server Platforms: 2012R2, 2012, 2008R2, 2008, 2003, Windows Storage Server, Windows Powered NAS
  • Windows Professional Platforms: Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP Pro, XP Embedded
  • Mac OS: Mac OS 9.0 or later and should run the latest Mac OS release.

  • Mac OS X: Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later. ExtremeZ-IP's DFS and Network Spotlight support require Mac OS X 10.5.

  • Minimum Hardware Recommendation
    • Processor: Pentium IV 
    • Memory: 1 GB

Installing ExtremeZ-IP

To install ExtremeZ-IP you must log in to Windows with Administrator privileges. If you have a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP installed, it will be upgraded to the new version. Don’t worry, any existing settings will be retained.

  1. Run the ExtremeZ-IP Installer.

    To install ExtremeZ-IP you must log in to Windows with Administrator privileges.

  2. Click Next to begin the installation.
  3. Accept the Software License Agreement and click Next.
  4. Click Next to accept the default Destination Folder.
  5. Click Install to begin installation.

    If you have a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP installed, it will be upgraded to the new version. Don’t worry, any existing settings will be retained.

  6. Click Finish to close the completed installer and automatically launch the ExtremeZ-IP Administrator.

First Run / Installing Your License

  1. When first run, ExtremeZ-IP will ask if you would like to enable the Print Server, choose Yes or No.
  2. New ExtremeZ-IP installations default to Trial mode. If you have an ExtremeZ-IP serial number, click Licensing and then click Add License to add your serial number.
  3. If you upgraded a previous version of ExtremeZ-IP, it will continue to use your existing serial number.

Configuring Your First Shared Volume

1. Launch ExtremeZ-IP Administrator.

  • Suspend File Sharing - Disconnect all clients and prevent new connections to the server.
  • Suspend Print Sharing - Disconnect all the printers and prevent new connections to them.
  • Users - Display a list of the connected users.
  • Volumes - Create or configure shared volumes. 
  • Print Queues - Create or administer Print Queues.
  • Files - Display currently open files used by Macintosh clients.
  • Settings - Edit ExtremeZ-IP settings.
  • Log - View ExtremeZ-IP related events from the Windows Event Viewer.

The first time the ExtremeZ-IP Administrator is opened, it will prompt you to create shared volumes or migrate your existing SFM and SMB shares to ExtremeZ-IP. This can also be done any time from within the Volumes window.

2. Click VolumesThe Volumes window will appear. 

  • Create - Create a new shared volume from a folder.
  • Suspend - Take a volume temporarily offline so that clients cannot connect to it.
  • Show in Explorer - Open the parent folder of the volume in Windows Explorer.
  • Migrate SFM Shares - Migrate volumes that were originally created in Microsoft Services for Macintosh (SFM) to ExtremeZ-IP volumes.
  • Migrate SMB Shares - Reshare all folders shared with Windows file sharing (SMB) with ExtremeZ-IP as well.

3. Click Create to create a new volume. The Volume Properties windows appears.

  • Volume is read-only - Prevent writing to the volume.
  • Use volume as home directory - Filter out all directories except for a user’s home directory.
  • Reset permissions on move - Resets the permissions on moved files and folders to inherit from the destination folder.
  • Enforce Filename Policy - Enforces the filename policies that are defined in the global settings.
  • Volume supports ACLs - ACL support allows Mac OS X 10.4 and later clients to use Windows Access Control Lists.
  • Path - Choose path of the folder to share.
  • Reindex - Create a file name index that speeds up searches.
  • Support Spotlight Searching - Enable Spotlight searching of file attributes and content.
  • Support Time Machine backup - Advertises the volume to Time Machine clients.

4. Browse the path of the folder you want to share.

The use of removable devices as volumes is not supported. (e.g.: Flash drives, USB drives, etc.)

5. Click OK to share the volume with ExtremeZ-IP.

Configuring Your First Shared Print Queue

1. Click Print Queues in the Administrator main window. The Print Queues window will appear.

  • Create - Create print queues. Open a window with a list of the pending jobs that allows you to start, stop, or reorder the print jobs.
  • Suspend Processing - When a queue is suspended jobs are accepted by the server however they are not sent to the printer until processing is resumed.
  • View Jobs in Queue - Open a window with a list of the pending jobs that allows you to start, stop, or reorder the print jobs.
  • Replicate Windows Print Queues - Takes the existing Windows print queues and republishes them as ExtremeZ-IP queues.

2. Click Create to create a new Print Queue.
3. Enter a Name for the Print Queue.
4. Select a Processing method and enter the information required for the selected
processing method.
5. Click OK.

  • Name - The name that you will see when you print from a Macintosh. Where ExtremeZ-IP will send the jobs after they are received.
  • Publish queue - Whether the print queue should be discoverable by clients.
  • Processing - Where ExtremeZ-IP will send the jobs after they are received.
  • File - The PPD to be used by clients when printing to this queue.
  • Print Accounting - Require the Macintosh client to supply job tracking information every time they print to this queue (refer to the ExtremeZ-IP manual for additional configuration).

That’s It!

The ExtremeZ-IP server is set up and Macintosh clients can connect to the volume and printer you configured.


Connecting from a Mac

  1. From the Finder, click on the Go menu and then Connect to Server.
  2. Type afp:// and then the name of the server. For example, afp://
  3. Then select the volume you want to mount.
  • Make sure you connect with afp://. If you connect with smb:// you'll be connecting with the Windows SMB protocol and won't get the benefits of ExtremeZ-IP.
  •  You may also be able to see the server by clicking the Browse button.
  •  If you cannot connect using the name of the server, try with the IP address. For example, afp://


Additional Resources

Network Reshares

With the introduction of “Network Reshare”, ExtremeZ-IP now includes the ability to create file share volumes that point to folders located on other servers and NAS devices on your network. Macintosh clients continue to connect to ExtremeZ-IP using the standard AFP file sharing protocol, while ExtremeZ-IP utilizes the SMB/CIFS file sharing protocol to access files that are requested by Mac users from remote servers and NAS systems. By doing so, Mac users retain all the benefits of AFP file sharing while gaining access to resources that have traditionally only been available through SMB/Windows file sharing.

For in-depth information on the configuration and usage of Network Reshares, visit the following article: Configuring Network Reshare.

Network Spotlight Search

Mac OS X 10.5 or later supports Spotlight searching of AFP file servers. Spotlight search allows files to be found by searching on content, in addition to file names and file attributes. When enabled, Spotlight search replaces both enumeration and catalog search and provides results when searching at both the root of a volume and within subfolders.

For in-depth information on the configuration and usage of Spotlight Search, visit the following articles: Spotlight SearchSpotlight Search Operations and Support Spotlight Search on all volumes.

Filename Policies

Because ExtremeZ-IP sits in a key position between the file server and the Macintosh client, we can enforce policies on valid file names as well as file types to prevent the Macintosh users from breaking workflows. You can configure ExtremeZ-IP to detect and reject the Macintosh client attempting to save (create, rename, move) files with characters that are “illegal” in Microsoft Explorer or other applications that don’t support the Unicode file system APIs. The administrator can configure what is allowed or deemed illegal. This list can include characters that cannot be displayed on Windows, “trailing spaces” Unicode characters not available in the default Windows font, any specified character, file names longer than “x” characters, or specific file extensions. Filename Policies do not affect existing files on the server or files that are copied using Windows file sharing.

For in-depth information on the configuration and usage of Filename Policies, visit the following article: File Name Policies.

DFS Support

ExtremeZ-IP can be configured to make a Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) available to Macintosh clients. In addition to the server side configuration, installation of the ExtremeZ-IP Zidget dashboard widget (for Mac OS X 10.4 or later), or either a client application or an update to a configuration file (for Mac OS X 10.5 or later) is required for each Macintosh client that requires access to DFS. Details on the required client side configuration can be found here. DFS support also requires two settings on the Security tab of the Settings dialog. Valid Directory Services credentials must be entered and Support UNIX Permissions and ACLs must be enabled for DFS to function.

For in-depth information on the configuration and usage of DFS, visit the following article: DFS Support.


ShadowConnect is a feature included with ExtremeZ-IP 7.2 and later that leverages Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) to allow Mac users to browse and restore previous versions of modified or deleted files. Using built-in Windows functionality, Windows users can right-click on a file located on a file server volume and select a Restore previous versions option. This allows them to browse a list of previously saved versions of the file, which they can choose to restore. Before ShadowConnect, Mac users were not able to take advantage this technology. By using ShadowConnect, Mac users can browse these same previous versions of files and folders using familiar Mac OS features, such as Cover Flow and Quick Look. After locating the desired version, ShadowConnect allows the Mac user to restore the file or folder to its original location or a copy can be made in a location of their choosing. ShadowConnect brings the ability to restore previous versions to Mac users, while providing enhanced browsing capabilities that make it easier than ever to find the file they're looking for.

For in-depth information on the configuration and usage of DFS, visit the following article: ShadowConnect.


The Optional ExtremeZ-IP Zidget™

If you would like to your Mac users to be able to take advantage of the optional ExtremeZ-IP Zidget™, you may need to add a DNS entry for that points to the ExtremeZ-IP server. More detailed instructions can be found in the manual.
Your users will then be able to install the Zidget from http://ExtremeZIPServerList:8081 to browse for printers and file servers through this simple Dashboard widget.


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