Solved

Can a NAS drive be used on AIX 5.3?

Posted on 2010-11-16
8
1,090 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Is it possible to configure a Buffalo LinkStation LS-CL NAS drive for use in AIX 5.3?

If so, how would it be configured?

0
Comment
Question by:scodhk
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 79

Expert Comment

by:arnold
ID: 34152758
The http://www.buffalotech.com/products/network-storage/home-and-small-office/linkstation-live-ls-chl/ only supports SMB which you could also use with your AIX.

http://pware.hvcc.edu/AIX-Samba.pdf

Do you have the Buffalo LinkStation LS-CL NAS already configured for Samba access by windows systems? And now you need to make those resources also available to the AIX system?
0
 
LVL 68

Accepted Solution

by:
woolmilkporc earned 500 total points
ID: 34153203
Hi,

your NAS drive seems to support SMB (cifs).

To access such an SMB server you don't need Samba. AIX has the capability of mounting CIFS shares.

You'll need the packages "bos.cifs_fs.rte" and "bos.cifs_fs.smit" from your AIX base installation CD/DVD. Install them using "smitty install".

Once these packages are installed you can use "smitty cifs_fsmnt" to mount your share. Fill in the required values (see an example of the smit menu below).

* Pathname of mount point                            []
* SERVER Name                                        []
* USER Name                                          []
  Password                                           []
* Share name                                         []
* Mount as a READ-ONLY system?                       [no]                    +
  User ID                                            [0]           
  Group ID                                           [0]           
  Mode                                               [755]         
  Domain to Authenticate against                     []            
* Mount now, add entry to /etc/filesystems, or both  [Both]                  +
* /etc/filesystems entry will mount on start         [no]                    +
  Mount type name                                    []  

Open in new window

         


The "Mount now ... " option allows for creating an entry in /etc/filesystems and to have the share mounted automatically, if desired.

wmp
0
 

Author Comment

by:scodhk
ID: 34157579
Arnold,

Thanks for the reply, I do not have Samba configured anywhere in the system and have never configured Samba.  I will check the links you provided and get back to you if I have any problems.

Dan
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 

Author Comment

by:scodhk
ID: 34157622
woolmilkproc,

Thanks for the reply, I checked the system with lslpp -L there are no bos.cifs packages installed.
Any idea which CD in AIX 5.3 has the pacakages?
I will not have access to that system until next week to try this but it sounds exactly what I'm looking for.

Thanks,
Dan
0
 
LVL 68

Expert Comment

by:woolmilkporc
ID: 34157780
Hi,

just insert the first CD and take care to have the whole AIX 5.3 base level installation CD set at hand. Don't mount the CD!

Select your CD/DVD drive when asked by "smitty install_all", select both filesets above with <F7> after having hit <F4> at " SOFTWARE to install".

Each CD volume contains the full table of contents, and you will be asked to insert the right CD volume once installation has begun.
I could find out the actual volume number, but not before tomorrow, sorry.

Important note: You must reboot the machine once the software installation is complete! Some years ago I tried to mount a share without rebooting and had to see my system crash!

wmp
0
 

Author Comment

by:scodhk
ID: 34158165
woolmiklporc,

Thanks for the reply, I will  start with the first CD.  No need for you find the actual volume number.

I'll let you know the results following the installation.

Thanks again,
Dan
0
 

Author Comment

by:scodhk
ID: 34189300
woolmilkporc,

Adding the bos.cifs to AIX 5.3 worked perfectly.

It is the exact solution I was looking for.

Thanks for your help,
Dan
0
 
LVL 68

Expert Comment

by:woolmilkporc
ID: 34189309
You're always welcome!

Thx for the points!

Cheers

wmp
0

Featured Post

Are You Using the Best Web Development Editor?

The worlds of web hosting and web development are constantly evolving. Every year we see design trends change, coding standards adapt and new frameworks/CMS created. With such a quick pace of change it’s easy to get lost trying to keep up.

See if your editor made the list.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

PRTG Network Monitor lets you monitor your bandwidth usage, so you know who is using up your bandwidth, and what they're using it for.
During and after that shift to cloud, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…
If you're a developer or IT admin, you’re probably tasked with managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and levels of security on a daily basis. While this can be extremely time consuming, it can also be frustrating when systems aren't wor…
Suggested Courses

636 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question