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@OP: there are huge nums of systems that run eg nfs, autofs etc. It definitely works.
I agree with previous comments you'd be better off at this point just sticking with one thread and working your way through the issues.
One of the others says you've got nfs working ok, (iirc) so that's good.
Note that autofs does 'lazy mounting', which means a mount will not appear until you try to access it and will only remain visible for a limited time after you stop using it.
It doesn't mean its broken, its just more efficient for your system.
Remember (as I mentioned in another of your threads) that normally these services are used to mount between systems across LANs, not mounting to itself.
Both nfs and autofs clients rely on the server end doing the export, but only an nfs mount is permanent & thus usually specified in /etc/fstab.
As above, autofs is opportunistic and is specified elsewhere (as you've discovered).
Hope that helps