02 January, 2012 #Technology

Setup a NFS server and client

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HOWTO: Setup a NFS Server & Client

In this tutorial, outlines the steps involved in setting up a NFS server & client. Typically this will be used to mount shares on the network, could be user home directory when authenticating via LDAP or media server.
This guide assumes a Debian Server -hostname iNAS- is ready to be converted as a NFS server.
Setup NFS Server
1. Logon to iNAS using root
2. Install NFS server package

~# apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

3. Create shared directory

~# mkdir -p /share /share/pictures /share/music /share/movies

4. Export this directory on exports file, vi /etc/exports and add the following line

/media                *(rw,sync,no_subtree_check,no_root_squash)

5. Restart NFS Service

~# service nfs-kernel-server restart

Setup NFS Client

1. Install NFS client

~# apt-get install nfs-common

2. Add NFS mount on fstab; edit /etc/fstab and add following line

iNAS: /share           /media        nfs  defaults 0 0

3. Restart client machine to confirm auto-mount works or mount the /media directory

~# mount /media

4. Check if it worked using df command

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