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SysAdmin: NFS Part II, Usage

Nov 17, 2001, 03:17 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron McCarty)
"Unfortunately for Linux administrators, the NFS support has at times been downright confusing as support for particular features and versions have been added with different kernel and nfs-utils packages. Thankfully, things are getting better for Linux administrators. Current distributions include the latest kernel support and nfs-utils. For older production systems, the NFS-HOWTO section 2.4 documents exactly what is available with each combination, and the nfs-utils authors are keeping the package backward compatible with earlier versions but providing "...lots of security and bug fixes."

NFS support must be activated when the kernel is compiled. Additionally, NFS version 3 support must also be added to the kernel if it's needed.

For distributions supporting linuxconf, NFS services for both servers and clients are easily configured. Although linuxconf gives a quick way to set up NFS, what files are being created or edited are much more important for the administrator to understand when trouble arises and the NFS configuration needs to be analyzed. Linux NFS' architecture is loosely based upon the BSD version, so the support files and programs are easy to find for administrators that have used the BSD or Sun OS 2.5 or earlier NFS versions."

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