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Network Filesystems

Implementing network fileshares, Linux servers, and clients is a key skill for any experienced system administrator. In this activity, we will be working to set up both a Linux Samba fileshare and an NFS fileshare that can then be used by a remote client to store files on. Once you complete this activity, you will understand how to configure network filesystems. *This course is not approved or sponsored by Red Hat.*

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Apr 05, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Set Up a Samba Share

    1. Install the Samba packages:

      yum install samba -y
    2. Edit /etc/samba/smb.conf and add the following section at the bottom:

              browsable = yes
              path = /smb
              writable = yes

      Save and exit.

    3. Create a user to share the mount point:

      useradd shareuser
      smbpasswd -a shareuser
    4. Create the directory we're sharing out:

      mkdir /smb
    5. Start the smb service:

      systemctl start smb
    6. Make sure the client can write to the directory:

      chmod 777 /smb
    7. On the client, run:

      mkdir /mnt/smb
    8. On the client, install the CIFS utilities:

      yum install cifs-utils -y
    9. On the client, run:

      mount -t cifs //<IP_OF_SERVER>/share /mnt/smb -o username=shareuser,password=<PASSWORD_SET_WITH_SMBPASSWD>
  2. Challenge

    Set Up the NFS Share

    1. Install the required package:

      yum install nfs-utils -y
    2. Create the mount point that will be served out:

      mkdir /nfs
    3. Edit /etc/exports, adding the following line:

      /nfs *(rw)

      Save and exit the file.

    4. Make sure it's writable:

      chmod 777 /nfs
    5. Export the directory we've configured in /etc/exports:

      exportfs -a
    6. Start the required services:

      systemctl start {rpcbind,nfs-server,rpc-statd,nfs-idmapd}
    7. On the client, install the required package:

      yum install nfs-utils -y
    8. Create the mount point:

      mkdir /mnt/nfs
    9. Check to see what's being shared out on the NFS server:

      showmount -e <NFS_SERVER_IP>
    10. Start the required service:

      systemctl start rpcbind
    11. Mount it:

      mount -t nfs <NFS_SERVER_IP>:/nfs /mnt/nfs

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