nfs 3 or 4??

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at
Fri Feb 19 12:46:41 UTC 2010

Knapp wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 2:12 AM, Christopher Chan
> <christopher.chan at> wrote:
>> On Friday, February 19, 2010 05:46 AM, Knapp wrote:
>>> I have installed and set up the nfs server but when you get to the
>>> auto-mount bit it gives two different formats, one for 3 and one for
>>> 4. The aptitude show says:  The NFS kernel server is currently the
>>> recommended NFS server for use with Linux,
>>>   featuring features such as NFSv3 and NFSv4.
>>> So what settings do I use? Is this 3 or 4???
>>> Thanks all.
>> Unless you need nfs4 extra security (encrypted data/kerberos
>> authentication) I would recommend nfs3 since that is what Linux is
>> better at serving if my memory serves me right. If you want a nfs4
>> server, you'd want to run Solaris/OpenSolaris.
> based on what I read it is about the same but has better support for
> security as you said but also file locking and lan over the internet.
> That internet bit sounds interesting. I guess you could have your home
> computer mounted to your work server and be safe with it.

The latency is going to kill it. Don't bother doing nfs/cifs/iscsi over 
the Internet.

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