Setting Up A Highly Available NFS Server - Page 5

10 Configure The NFS Client

Now we install NFS on our client (

apt-get install nfs-common

Next we create the /data directory and mount our NFS share into it:

mkdir /data
mount /data is the virtual IP address we configured before. You must make sure that the forward and the reverse DNS record for match each other, otherwise you get a "Permission denied" error on the client, and on the server you'll find this in /var/log/syslog:

#Mar  2 04:19:09 localhost rpc.mountd: Fake hostname localhost for - forward lookup doesn't match reverse

If you do not have proper DNS records (or do not have a DNS server for your local network) you must change this now, otherwise you cannot mount the NFS share!

If it works you can now create further test files in /data on the client and then simulate failures of server1 and server2 (but not both at a time!) and check if the test files are replicated. On the client you shouldn't notice at all if server1 or server2 fails - the data in the /data directory should always be available (unless server1 and server2 fail at the same time...).

To unmount the /data directory, run

umount /data

If you want to automatically mount the NFS share at boot time, put the following line into /etc/fstab:  /data    nfs          rw            0    0


Falko Timme

About Falko Timme

Falko Timme is an experienced Linux administrator and founder of Timme Hosting, a leading nginx business hosting company in Germany. He is one of the most active authors on HowtoForge since 2005 and one of the core developers of ISPConfig since 2000. He has also contributed to the O'Reilly book "Linux System Administration".

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By: Anonymous

If I want the data to be available to the NFS machines themselves, do you recommend mounting the virtual IP on them?


I think that is the only way,

why we are trying to use nfs then?

In drdb just one node is active, you cant do changes on the pasive one.


By: Anonymous

Thanks for your info, pretty interesting.

Just two questions:

- Why ext3 is your choice instead of reiserfs?

- Why are you using ip-alias instead of iproute2?

Thanks in advance.

By: Anonymous

I've thought about doing this before, but using iSCSI and the built in /dev/md aka software RAID to link the devices together as a mirrored device. Since iSCSI is supposedly a more open standard and can be used with multiple operating systems it'll be easier to implement on non-Linux systems as well.