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The most unsecure but easiest way to setup NFS

NFS (Network File System) allow user to share files between computers. The way I am going to setup is the simplest, but no security at all. You are warned!!!
The system I am using is Xubuntu 12.10, however, should be fine with older Ubuntu or other distributions.

<—– Server Side —–>

1) Server side : Install the required software:

sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

2) Server side : Define which folder to share, e.g.: /home/my_share_folder

2.1) edit the follwing file:
sudo vim /etc/exports

2.2) Server side : add the following line:
/home/my_share_folder 192.168.1.0/24(rw,insecure,no_subtree_check,sync)

2.3) Server side : start the service:
sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart

<—– Client Side —–>

1) Client side : Instal required softwre:

sudo apt-get install nfs-common

2) Client side : Check what the server is sharing:

showmount -e 192.168.1.1

3) Client side : Mount the remote folder

3.1) To mount folder by fstab:

3.1.1) Create mount point:
sudo mkdir /mnt/folder

3.1.2) Edit fstab:
sudo vim /etc/fstab

3.1.3.1) To mount automatically, add line:
server_IP:/home/my_share_folder /mnt/folder nfs auto,rw 0 0

3.1.3.2.1) To mount manually, add line:
server_IP:/home/my_share_folder /mnt/folder nfs noauto,user,rw 0 0
3.1.3.2.2) Then when you want to mount:
mount /mnt/folder
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Linux, Networking

 

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