How hard it is to configure Kerberos and nfs4?

Chan Chung Hang Christopher christopher.chan at
Wed Jul 28 13:29:09 UTC 2010

Peng Yu wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 7:29 AM, Chan Chung Hang Christopher
> <christopher.chan at> wrote:
>> Peng Yu wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I need to have nfs4 installed. I think that Kerberos is required to be
>>> installed. I heard that Kerberos was hard to install. But I'm not sure
>>> if it is hard to configure now. Could anybody that have any experience
>>> on Kerberos and nfs4 comment on it?
>> Kerberos is easy. Just use AD :-P.
> What is AD?

Active Directory. /me scurries back into his hole.

>> Getting NFS to use Kerberos is what is hard and all the other stuff you
> Do you mean NFS by nfs4 only or nfs in general (all versions)? Do you
> know why it is hard? Is getting nfs3 working with kerboros much easier
> than getting nfs4 working with kerboros?

NFS4. NFS3 does not support kerberos. Matching up ids, system time, 
setting up host principals and then try to figure out why sec=krb5 won't 

>> need to do to ensure a single user database for all systems.

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