Configure Automount CentOS 6

Configure Automount CentOS 6

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First of all, what is Automount? Auto-mount automatically mounts file systems you tell it to on a UNIX/Linux Machine.

Where is that helpful? We can just use FSTAB right? True…. However, let's say you are rebooting your desktop, and an entry in fstab is offline, now your desktop is hung, and you cant get into the NFS server without being in your desktop, so you have to boot to single user mode, disable that in fstab, and then reboot, login as root, mount -a, and then back to normal. How Helpful.

Let's get Started, in this example, we are mounting our Backup Server to my desktop. Login as root, either via GNOME or shell

install auto-mounter if you have not yet, or if you have a minimal install

set it to start on startup

now we need to have a place to mount our backup server to

first thing we need to do is edit the auto.master file

add the following to your auto.master file

basically what we are doing here is telling automounter that when someone goes to /mnt/Backup they should refer to the /etc/auto.backup file, setting a timeout, and allow ghost version of files

let's create the auto.backup file

RULE 1: ONLY ONE auto.server can exist for each server, for example if i wanted to mount 2 NFS mounts from our backup server, both have to be in auto.backup

Here's the basic Syntax of the Auto.backup file name, so basically we are going to mount to /mnt/Backup and have that be in a folder called Backups, with the filesystem type being Read/Write NFS, and the NFS mount point is our Backup Server's Home Directory (this assuemes that it's already an NFS Export, and is available to use)

once completed, restart the autofs service

as you can see, autmount worked!

we are now able to view our backup NFS mount.


That's it!

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