Sharing a hard disk on the network NFS of Samba?

Mark Haney mhaney at
Tue Oct 7 15:31:04 UTC 2008

Felipe DOMINGUEZ wrote:
> Hello.
> I would like to share a hard disk on the network, I have tried with samba,
> and follow the instruction on the ubuntu documentation. it works to share a
> local folder on the computer but it does not work to share the mounted hard
> disk.

You /can/ share a hard drive with Samba, but it's not recommended. I've 
done that several times.  However, read below.
> Then reading around I discover that it may be better to use NFS, and event
> that there is an NFS over TCP instead of UDP which is faster than samba and
> more reliable. Is it this true?

Absolutely. NFS is designed to be used in many different network setups, 
high or low bandwidth, high or low latency.  We ran a system here 
connecting to SGI supercomputers to 100TB of storage via NFS that read 
and wrote almost continuously to that drive 24/7 processing 
climatological data.  It was rock solid.

> can you recommend a nice NFS tutorial? again I have found many, is just that
> some of them date on 2002, and I know there are new versions NFS.

Honestly, the 2002 tutorial will probably work just fine, the basics of 
NFS haven't changed much, so I rather doubt you'll lose anything going 
with the older docs.

If you do need help, I'll be glad to work with you offlist.
> When can I get good and updated documentation on NFS?
> thanks in advance.
> Felipe

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