Here is a short checklist of the actions we will take to set up an NFS server on pluto and a corresponding NFS client on cressida:
On the server pluto (IP address 184.108.40.206):
Now let's get to work and follow our plan step-by-step. First, let's see if the Network File System, NFS, is already running on your machine. Type the command
into a command window. If you see something like this, it is NOT running.
[root@pluto notes]# rpcinfo -p program vers proto port 100000 2 tcp 111 portmapper 100000 2 udp 111 portmapper 100024 1 udp 32768 status 100024 1 tcp 32768 status
To start NFS, type the following command:
[root@pluto notes]# /etc/rc.d/init.d/nfs start Starting NFS services: [ OK ] Starting NFS quotas: [ OK ] Starting NFS mountd: [ OK ] Starting NFS daemon: [ OK ]
Now verify that services have started.
[root@pluto notes]# rpcinfo -p program vers proto port 100000 2 tcp 111 portmapper 100000 2 udp 111 portmapper 100024 1 udp 32768 status 100024 1 tcp 32768 status 100011 1 udp 961 rquotad 100011 2 udp 961 rquotad 100011 1 tcp 964 rquotad 100011 2 tcp 964 rquotad 100005 1 udp 32821 mountd 100005 1 tcp 37065 mountd 100005 2 udp 32821 mountd 100005 2 tcp 37065 mountd 100005 3 udp 32821 mountd 100005 3 tcp 37065 mountd 100003 2 udp 2049 nfs 100003 3 udp 2049 nfs 100021 1 udp 32822 nlockmgr 100021 3 udp 32822 nlockmgr 100021 4 udp 32822 nlockmgr
The next step is to configure the system so that the NFS server can recognize which hosts are authorized to use pluto's portmapper. Since client requests for NFS directories come into pluto's portmapper, that is the crucial access point. To allow cressida, with IP address 220.127.116.11, to access pluto's portmap process add the last line in the following display to pluto:/etc/hosts.allow:
# # hosts.allow This file describes the names of the hosts which are # allowed to use the local INET services, as decided # by the '/usr/sbin/tcpd' server. # in.ftpd: 152.97., .sewanee.edu in.telnetd: 152.97., .sewanee.edu in.rshd: 18.104.22.168 in.rlogind: 22.214.171.124 portmap: 126.96.36.199
The next step is to configure the system so that the NFS server can determine which hosts are authorized to request which directories. Authorized hosts, the directories they are allowed to request, and the restrictions on that sharing are listed in /etc/exports. Let's assume that we are working on pluto and we wish to export pluto:/etc/admin to the remote machine cressida, with IP address 188.8.131.52. Edit pluto:/etc/exports so that it contains the following line:
[root@pluto parrish]# cat /etc/exports /home/admin 184.108.40.206 (ro,no_root_squash)
Now that /etc/exports has been updated, we must tell the server to re-export all the entries in that file. Issue the command
Configuring the NFS client
Now move to the client cressida and create a mountpoint on which to mount the directory pluto:/home/admin.
Open emacs on cressida:/etc/fstab, and add the following line to the bottom of that file (assuming that the IP address of the server pluto is 220.127.116.11):
pluto:/home/admin /home/pluto/admin nfs rsize=1024,wsize=1024 0 0
Finally, mount the remote directory pluto:/home/admin on the local mount point cressida:/home/pluto/admin with the command
Verify that the mount succeeded by listing the contents of that directory.
Making the changes permanent
We are not quite done. If we reboot pluto we would have to restart the server all over again. In order to make the changes permanent, use the tool ksysv to automatically start NFS in runlevels 3 and 5.
Be VERY careful with this tool. This is equivalent to setting the parameters for your heart and brain functions! Find the entry for nfs in the leftmost panel, Available Services. CAREFULLY use your mouse to drag it over to the column for Runlevel 3 Start, and slip it in just after the entry for nfslock (number 14). You should see a brand new blue entry for nfs in that start column with newly assigned number 15. Now repeat that action, this time dragging the nfs icon from the Available Services column into the Runlevel 5 Start column, once again slotting it in just after number 14 nfslock. You should see a newly created blue entry under Runlevel 5 Start reading 15 nfs. SUPER CAREFULLY now, select File:Save Configuration and close the display. Restart your machine and pray. If you have been a good person, your nfs server will start automatically.
Congratulations! You are moving into the upper levels of Linux System and Network Management!