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Re: [K12OSN] LTSP - NFS/CIFS



"Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn redhat com> on
Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 3:09 PM +0000 wrote:
>Hi,
>
>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 
>max.


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
>
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David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Director
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask vcsvikings org
(207)923-3100



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