David Trask dtrask at vcsvikings.org
Mon Feb 27 03:52:38 UTC 2006

"Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn at redhat.com> on
Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 3:09 PM +0000 wrote:
>I am currently running a LTSP setup for 60 users. The /home directory 
>and data is provided to the terminalserver via NFS. However, NFS is 
>giving me headaches. Sometimes access to all files and directories on 
>the NFS server is being denied. I cannot figure out why this happens. 
>The problem arises very infrequently. I reinstalled the whole file- and 
>terminalserver. The software on the servers is up to date now. The 
>problem happened with the old installation, which was 2 years old, and 
>it still exists in the new installation. The problem goes away after a 
>few minutes and everything works smoothly again. The fileserver is also 
>running Samba. User accounts are stored centrally in a LDAP database. 
>UIDs/GIDs match on both servers. Users are in no more than 13 groups 

You mention that users are the same on each server.  Are they both Linux
servers?  If so, why would you have users on both servers?  Use something
like smbldap-installer  http://www.majen.net/smbldap  and to set
everything up on the file server.  I have Samba and LDAP running on my
file server and simply point my K12LTSP server to it for authentication
using authconfig.  I export the /home directories via NFS....no issues at
all and have been doing this for 3-4 years now.

Seriously, use smbldap-installer and you'll have no issues at all.  :-)
>1. Has anyone experienced similar issues with NFS?
>2. Is it possible to use Samba/CIFS instead of NFS in a setup like this 
>? Can anyone comment on possiblity, stability, etc. ? One of the nice 
>things about using NFS is that I only need to mount the share once at 
>system startup. Can something like that be archived when using CIFS and 
>ACLs maybe ? Help would be very much appreciated.
>Thanks in advance.
>Daniel Bramkamp
>K12OSN mailing list
>K12OSN at redhat.com
>For more info see <http://www.k12os.org>

David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Director
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask at vcsvikings.org

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