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Old 03-31-2005, 07:48 AM   #1
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SimpleTechs SimpleShare: nfs not working?

I just bought SimpleTechs SimpleShare(250G) and now I'm having some troubles mountings its nfs shares. If I do:

snowhite:/home/mcr70 # showmount -e
Export list for simpleshare:
/shares/Media/media *
/shares/Media/testi *
/shares/Backup/backup *

So, SimpleShare is responding as expected.
Now, if I try to mount it:

snowhite:/home/mcr70 # mount /mnt/
mount: RPC: Unable to receive; errno = Connection refused

After unsuccesful mount operation, showmount does not work anymore:
snowhite:/home/mcr70 # showmount -e
rpc mount export: RPC: Unable to receive; errno = Connection refused

I will have to reboot the machine in order to get export list again.
So, I think maybe nfs server dies/crashes in SimpleShare.

So, my question is:
Has anyone got nfs mount work with SimpleShare???
Old 04-08-2005, 12:57 AM   #2
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I too am interested in ways to get this thing to mount. I am using Mac OSX.3

yocalhost:~ levinela$ mount\;DORY/levinela/ /mnt/
mount: realpath /mnt: No such file or directory
yocalhost:~ levinela$ showmount -e
Exports list on

There has got to be an easy way to make this work seamlessly on all my computers.

Is there a hack for this thing so I can SSH in?

Old 04-08-2005, 09:43 AM   #3
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I do not about OSX, but maybe you could try to mount it like
> mount /mnt/
and see what happens.

About ssh, I believe there is not ssh or telnet in it. We did some digging and found out that it has a busybox 1.0 RC<something>.
Hopefully someday we can create a new firmware for it. Then it would have a ssh or telnet daemon...
Old 04-08-2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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That did not work

yocalhost:/Users/levinela root# mount /mnt/
mount: realpath /mnt: No such file or directory
yocalhost:/Users/levinela root# exit
yocalhost:~ levinela$ mount /mnt/
mount: realpath /mnt: No such file or directory
yocalhost:~ levinela$
Old 04-09-2005, 11:04 AM   #5
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Do you have a local directory named /mnt/ ????
try 'cd /mnt/' or 'ls /mnt/'
If you don't, try mounting into different directory, or create /mnt/ directory.

If you do have /mnt/ directory, then I'm puzzled
Old 04-09-2005, 02:20 PM   #6
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I have one of these too and I can mount it to my linux box with

mount -t smbfs -o username=unix_user //nas1/public /mounts/nas/public

But I can't figure out how to pass the username when doing an nfs mount. If i try as unix_user i get a message saying only root can do that, if I try as root I geta permission denied back from the simpleshare.

How can I pass a username for an nfs mount?

Old 04-18-2005, 06:54 PM   #7
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I picked one up today. After some trouble, I was able to mount
it from a Sun Sparc (Solaris 10). There is ZERO in their docs re
NFS. Here's what seemed to work ...

On the Sparc, I created a user "admin" (with the same
password as the appliance and created a share with
only NFS selected (no CIFS) and was able to mount as

I can also map a drive from a WinXP laptop, haven't tried
linux as the laptop is dual boot.

HOWEVER, it seems SLOW as SHIT, throughput-wise.
Old 10-01-2005, 05:40 PM   #8
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I'm recovering my wife's windows box using Knoppix. I needed an excuse to get this SimpleTech NAS I had been eyeballin at BestBuy for the last few weeks. I asked the salesclerk if this would work with Linux and he didn't know so we busted open Google and found this thread. I figured I could make it work so I bought it.

Sure enough - my Mac didn't have any trouble doing a showmount, but knoppix didn't even see it with NFS. uggh...

So I went for Samba Network Neighborhood, and I'm copying files away right now. I'm kinda curious what's up with the NFS thing myself. When I get some more time I'll dig into this thing some more - I might even be so bold as to call the company. If I find out how to make it work I'll post it here for everyone.
Old 10-22-2008, 09:57 PM   #9
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I set up the share in SimpleShare per the manual then entered the following line into /etc/fstab /mnt/net/Music nfs defaults 0 2

This requires a password from Windows, but doesn't when mount like this. It has worked fine for at least a year now.

Last edited by bwaldie; 10-22-2008 at 09:58 PM. Reason: forgot to say it worked
Old 11-24-2009, 02:36 AM   #10
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Making it work from Ubuntu 6.06

I found this old discussion via Google which had no real resolution, so I thought I'd share my successful results...

I've had a SimpleShare for 2 years but never got around to using it regularly until recently. When I first tested it I had no problem with the NFS share. When recently reconfiguring everything, I did have a problem until using showshares to find the correct server share "device."

I finally got things to work in the following way:

1. Created pool NfsPool.

2. Created share NfsShare in NfsPool with NFS enabled and CIFS disabled. No access password was specified.

3. Created a mountpoint at /media/NfsMount

4. Used the following mount command:

> sudo mount -t nfs -o rw,nolock,rsize=8192,wsize=8192 \
simpleshare:/shares/NfsPool/NfsShare /media/NfsMount

5. Unmounted it once I got it to work and created the following fstab entry:

simpleshare:/shares/NfsPool/NfsShare /media/NfsMount nfs
rw,users,noauto,soft,intr,rsize=8192,wsize=8192 0 0

6. No I was able to mount as a regular user using:

> mount /media/NfsMount

This was all from an old Ubuntu 6.06 laptop over a LAN at home. I used my Netgear router to assign to the SimpleShare's MAC address, and on the SimpleShare I configured this as the static address.

And, yes, SimpleShare's documentation leaves something to be desired for Linux users.



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