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Working with Network Sharing via NFS in SUSE Linux Enterprise

In this hands-on lab, we will configure Network File Sharing (NFS) on a SUSE Linux Enterprise server. Once we have it configured, we will access that share from a second server. This task allows centralized storage for distributed users and can also be part of a disaster recovery scenario, as files located on the centralized server can be backed up and restored at the central location.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jan 14, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    On Server 2, via YaST, Install and Set Up NFS Server to Share Out `/exports/docs` Directory. Ensure It Is Writeable by Members of the `wheel` Group.

    1. On Server 2, create the /exports/docs directory and ensure is it writeable by wheel:

      sudo mkdir -p /exports/docs
      cd /exports
      sudo chown -R root:wheel ./docs
      sudo chmod 770 ./docs
    2. Configure the share:

      sudo yast
    3. Select Network Services > NFS Server.

    4. Press space bar to select Start.

    5. Add the directory /exports/docs.

    6. Change the default options to rw,no_root_squash.

    7. Press F10 to finish and F9 to quit.

    8. Verify that the NFS server is set up properly:

      cat /var/lib/nfs/etab
  2. Challenge

    Mount the Network Share on Server 1 Using the CLI. Create a Directory and a File and Verify They Exist on Server 2.

    1. Access Server 1 via SSH.

    2. Create a mount point:

      sudo mkdir /mnt/nfsdocs
    3. Mount the share:

      sudo mount /mnt/nfsdocs
    4. Set permissions on the directory:

      sudo chown -R root:wheel /mnt/nfsdocs
      sudo chmod 770 /mnt/nfsdocs
    5. Create an example folder and a test file in the directory:

      mkdir /mnt/nfsdocs/example
      cd /mnt/nfsdocs/example
      touch file1
    6. Verify they exist on the NFS server:

      cd /exports/docs
      cd example

      You should see the recently created file and directory from Server 1.

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