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Mastering Ubuntu Server. - Second Edition

By : Jay LaCroix
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Mastering Ubuntu Server. - Second Edition

By: Jay LaCroix

Overview of this book

Ubuntu Server has taken the data centers by storm. Whether you're deploying Ubuntu for a large-scale project or for a small office, it is a stable, customizable, and powerful Linux distribution that leads the way with innovative and cutting-edge features. For both simple and complex server deployments, Ubuntu's flexible nature can be easily adapted to meet to the needs of your organization. With this book as your guide, you will learn all about Ubuntu Server, from initial deployment to creating production-ready resources for your network. The book begins with the concept of user management, group management, and filesystem permissions. Continuing into managing storage volumes, you will learn how to format storage devices, utilize logical volume management, and monitor disk usage. Later, you will learn how to virtualize hosts and applications, which will cover setting up KVM/QEMU, as well as containerization with both Docker and LXD. As the book continues, you will learn how to automate configuration with Ansible, as well as take a look at writing scripts. Lastly, you will explore best practices and troubleshooting techniques when working with Ubuntu Server that are applicable to real-world scenarios. By the end of the book, you will be an expert Ubuntu Server administrator who is well-versed in its advanced concepts.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)

Setting up NFS shares

A Network File System (NFS) is a great method of sharing files from a Linux or UNIX server to a Linux or UNIX server. As I mentioned earlier in the chapter, Windows systems can access NFS shares as well, but there may be an additional licensing penalty if you need to upgrade to a different release. NFS is preferred in a Linux or UNIX environment though, since it fully supports Linux- and UNIX-style permissions. As you can see from our earlier dive into Samba, we essentially forced all shares to be treated as being accessed by a particular user, which was messy, but was the easiest example of setting up a Samba server. Samba can certainly support per-user access restrictions and benefit greatly from a centralized directory server, though that would basically be a book of its own! NFS is a bit more involved to set up, but in the long run, I think it's...