Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Rockstor NFS Server Configuration

An Introduction:

Rockstor is yet another product that allows for an easy nfs server configuration to be used in a vSphere lab.

What follows are the steps to configure a simple nfs server:

Step 1: Download Rockstor from rockstor.com. Burn the image into a dvd. Boot the nfs server from cd/dvd and proceed with the installation. Specify the timezone and the admin password. Once the installation concludes, the rockstor nfs server will use DHCP to acquire an ip address.

Step 2: Connect to your nfs server using a browser and use secure http (https). Log in and configure the pools and the NFS shares. Notice the nfs server picked up an ip address in this case ( Log in and create an admin account (plus password).

Step 3: Change the ip address to a static ip by clicking on the green link displaying the original ip. Log into the new ip once the reconfiguration takes place.

Step 4: Configure the future nfs pools. In this case, Rockstor was installed on a vm with 3 disks, the boot disk and 2 extra 10gb drives for the test.

Step 5: Set up the two shares, one per pool.

Step 6: Create the two shares and enable the NFS service (notice the top left corner). Under Admin Host, specify the ip addresses of your esxi hosts so they have r/w permissions.

Step 3: Test the nfs share using the vSphere Client, the Web Client or the c.l.i.

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