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Old 04-26-2008, 09:28 PM   #1
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moving home directories of users onto remote machine

hi friends..

this is what i am trying to do...

everytime i create a user on one linux machine , i want the home directory of that machine to be created onto a remote i want the user to use the hdd space of the remote machine running another linux os..

is it possible?? how?
Old 04-26-2008, 09:44 PM   #2
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I imagine you just set up a filesystem such as nfs or samba on the remote machine and mount it as /home on the local machine.

Regards, Tischbein.
Old 04-27-2008, 12:11 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Tischbein View Post
I imagine you just set up a filesystem such as nfs or samba on the remote machine and mount it as /home on the local machine.

Regards, Tischbein.
can you plz tell me how do i do that?
Old 04-27-2008, 02:20 PM   #4
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Setting up an NFS is fairly straightforward.

Some of the installation procedures might be system dependent, various Linux distribution and BSD install program differently. So make sure you and your host install NFS version 3 and the nfs−utils package. You will also need the services portmap, lockd, and statd running. (most linux distributions have these running by default)

In order to get it to work you have to configure both servers. In the following i will refer to the server which will house your content as the Server with address, and the server with Carma that you will mouth the NFS share on as the Client with address You should adjust the host names and domain name to the real names. You could also use IP addresses.

There is only one file an NFS server: /etc/exports. You should also edit /etc/hosts.allow and /etc/hosts.deny to make your server more secure.

on the NFS Server, you should put this into the /etc/exports file:

/home (rw)

this will allow your NFS server to share it's directory /home with the server, it will also give the share read and write permissions.

Now, to mount this share on the Client, we issue this command:

mount /home

Once you are sure everything is working, you can set up the share to mount automatically at boot by editing /etc/fstab with something like this:

# device mountpoint fs-type options dump fsckorder
... /home/ nfs rw 0 0

please check the man pages for exact syntax for your system (but the above should work)

You may also have to mess around with the uid and gid (sometimes they have to be the same on both servers)

Also dont forget to set up hosts.deny and hosts.allow to properly secure this share. For more information on NFS you can look at the following documentation:



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