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Old 03-21-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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remote share options

N00b question. What methods are available to share CentOS mount points and vice versa? From my research it looks like you can use Samba to connect CentOS (or Linux in general) to Windows systems via a SMB/CIFS connection. It also looks like you can share a CentOS mount point via NFS using NFS services role in Windows. Are there other options?

NFS Services on Windows doesn't seem to work really well (you have to reboot every time you change the drive mapping) and Samba creates an issue that credentials are either in the fstab file or a redirected file, but always unencrypted.
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When serving to Windows, SMB is the best choice.

For security there is sshfs which mounts over an ssh connection if both ends support it (rare). I've used a credentials file on my home directory for a samba mount on Linux, but it was a PITA to remember to change it every 3 months because we had mandatory password updates. SSH uses keys. NFS, of course, is totally insecure.
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I use sshfs to move files around on my network, including with a couple windows machines with cygwin sshd server installed.


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