Working with Network Sharing via NFS in SUSE Linux Enterprise

30 minutes
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

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.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

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
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 10.0.1.102:/exports/docs /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:

    exit
    cd /exports/docs
    ls
    cd example
    ls

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

Additional Resources

There have been instances in which project files are needed that cannot be placed in source control.

In order to ensure these files are available to teams and that they can be backed up from a central store, you have been tasked with creating a network share for the project files.

You will need to:

  • Configure Server 2 as an NFS server. It needs to have a directory named /exports/docs that is shared and writeable by cloud_user.
  • On Server 1, mount the share using the private IP address of Server 2 in the CLI as /mnt/share, and then create an example directory and a test file to ensure it is accessible.
  • Verify that the file exists on the NFS server (Server 2).

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