[Nottingham] News from the Church Office

Graeme Fowler graeme at graemef.net
Fri Nov 11 11:04:56 GMT 2005

On Fri 11 Nov 2005 10:51:25 GMT , Roger Light <rogerlight at gmail.com> wrote:
> We use NFS all the time to mount home directories with little problem.

Likewise. The principal difference for me in operation (as opposed to 
at home, or in dev platforms) is that the NFS servers tend to be NetApp 
filers which do NFS very well indeed.

The major important point with NFS is that there are various ways you 
can pass user info around:

1. NIS
3. Local
5. ...some others...

and it's usually important for consistency's sake that all your clients 
and servers have access to the same "directory" for user info. 
Otherwise you can end up with some very interesting gotchas, as the 
fundamental underlying info pieces are the UID and GID - it's quite 
possible to have users on two NFS clients with different names but the 
same local UID and GID access the same NFS export simultaneously, with 
some interesting results :)


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