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Kerberos authentication with NFSv4

Nov 09, 2010, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vincent Danen)

"In past tips we've looked at using Kerberos and how to authenticate various services with it, and recently looked at setting up an NFS server on Linux. This week we will be looking at tying the two together to get the better performance and security of NFSv4 in a kerberized environment. Hold on, there is a lot to do! And while it may look daunting, it shouldn't take very long to get everything set up and working properly.

"This tip assumes you have a working Kerberos environment, a working NFS server, and a little bit of patience. It also assumes you are using a Red Hat Enterprise Linux or Fedora distribution; other Linux distros will have similar options although certain things like NFS or firewall settings will likely be done in different files.

"To start with, we need to set up our top-level NFSv4 export directory. This is a "root" container, of sorts, where we can bind other mount points to it as subdirectories."

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