Setting up NFS client/server

Network File System (NFS) is a network file system protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1983, allowing a user on a client computer to access files over a network as easily as if the network devices were attached to its local disks.


1. Install the server package

apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

2. Grant permission to a client computer

Add the following line to /etc/exports to grant read only permissions to the folder /var/www for the ip address


Available options:

ro = Read only access
rw = Read/Write access
root_squash = Replace logins from root user with nobody to avoid superuser privileges over nfs
Restart the server to enable the changes

/etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server restart


Create the target mount folder

mkdir /mnt/www

Mount the file system:

mount /mnt/www

Optionally you can mount the filesystem on system boot by adding entry to the /etc/fstab file: /mnt/www    nfs
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