[CentOS] NFS issue

James A. Peltier jpeltier at cs.sfu.ca
Tue Sep 25 08:15:06 UTC 2007

Peter Arremann wrote:
> On Monday 24 September 2007, Steven Haigh wrote:
>> Quoting Dan <likuidkewl at gmail.com>:
>> NFS uses the user ID of the user (UID) for permissions. You will need
>> to have the correct permissions on each system, and the correct
>> username associated with the same UID on each machine.
>> If you are running multiple systems, I would suggest looking into NIS.
>> This will allow you to create the accounts in NIS and have them use
>> the same details on each machine.
> Good answer but I can't agree on the NIS part.. NIS is plain text over the 
> network and is deprecated for a long time. Sun is talking about dropping 
> support, HP the same and even in the Linux camp there is some talk about 
> taking NIS support out of the standard distributions. 
> Add to that the fact that ldap is becoming easier and easier to set up, you 
> should probably look that way...
> Peter.
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There are many alternatives to NIS that are more secure, Kerberos, LDAP, 
411, etc that you should investigate.  RHEL 5 includes RedHat Directory 
Server (IIRC) which makes it easy to setup a LDAP server and administer it.

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