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System Administration Guide: Network Services
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Chapter 5

Network File System Administration (Tasks)

This chapter provides information about how to perform such NFS administration tasks as setting up NFS services, adding new file systems to share, and mounting file systems. The chapter also covers the use of the Secure NFS system and the use of WebNFS functionality. The last part of the chapter includes troubleshooting procedures and a list of some of the NFS error messages and their meanings.

Your responsibilities as an NFS administrator depend on your site's requirements and the role of your computer on the network. You might be responsible for all the computers on your local network, in which instance you might be responsible for determining these configuration items:

  • Which computers should be dedicated servers

  • Which computers should act as both servers and clients

  • Which computers should be clients only

Maintaining a server after it has been set up involves the following tasks:

  • Sharing and unsharing file systems as necessary

  • Modifying administrative files to update the lists of file systems your computer shares or mounts automatically

  • Checking the status of the network

  • Diagnosing and fixing NFS-related problems as they arise

  • Setting up maps for autofs

Remember, a computer can be both a server and a client. So, a computer can be used to share local file systems with remote computers and to mount remote file systems.


Note - If your system has zones enabled and you want to use this feature in a non-global zone, see System Administration Guide: Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Solaris Zones for more information.


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