How to create NFS Server on CentOS 6

This tutorial is going to show you how to create an NFS (Network File System) server on CentOS 6. I am using ClearOS version 6.7 on this tutorial and it works perfectly. NFS is a flexible filesystem you can use for many purposes such as backup etc. Personally, I use this NFS for storing Proxmox Virtual Machine backup.

To create NFS Server, make sure you have root access to the server machine. I use “server” term for computer that share the NFS directory to the clients on the network. And on this example, my Server IP Address would be

STEP 1 Install NFS 

Open Terminal and login as root. Next execute this command to install nfs package and utilities

yum install nfs-utils

STEP 2 create new NFS directory

Now create a new directory that we want to share via NFS. For example I create a new directory called /share/nfs_01

mkdir -p /share/nfs_01
chmod -R 777 /share/nfs_01

*I am not pretty sure if the second command really needed. Play with it to see the differences.

STEP 3 Edit the exports file

Next edit the file /etc/exports. Add the following line to the file


STEP 4 enable the services

Next we need to enable some services. Use this commands

/etc/rc.d/init.d/rpcbind start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfslock start
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nfs start

We can also enable those services on startup

chkconfig rpcbind on
chkconfig nfslock on
chkconfig nfs on

Done. Next time I will post how to mount this NFS Share on Linux and Windows. Cheers


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