linux desktop or ws for rhel5 server

Dear Experts:

Iam having rhel5 server working as a samba domain controller now iam interested to learn NFS hence please suggest me if i install which desktop or workstation i can learn the better NFS , iam planning to configure  NFS server in rhel5 but looking for open source desktop or client please suggest me .

Thanks in advance.
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Download the Windows Services for UNIX version 3.5 from

Note: The product will not install on Windows 9x or Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista. The product should not be installed on Windows Server 2003 R2. This is an unsupported configuration.


1. From Linux copy /etc/passwd and /etc/groups to C:\

* You can read these files as Text so you may want to eliminate everything from passwd except the log-in names of your Linux users and everything from groups except users (I did).

2. Launch SFU

Start -> All Programs -> Windows Services for unix -> Services for Unix Administration

3. In the "Client for NFS (On the Left) set the desired permissions of the sharer (I chose rwx for owner and group, nothing for other)

* Click Apply

4. In the "User Name Mapping" (On the Left)

* Select "Use Password and Groups Files" -> Enter C:\passwd and C:\groups in the appropriate boxes

5. Maps Tab

* Select the "Show User Maps" -> Click "Show Windows Users" and "Show Unix Users"
o Select a Windows user and associate it with the appropriate Linux User (one who can normally mount the NFS Share on a Ubuntu Client)
o Click the "Add button"

* Select the "Show Group Maps" -> Click "Show Windows Groups" and "Show Unix Groups"
o I mapped Windows Administrators to Linux root
o Click the "Add Button"

6. Back to configuration Tab

Click the "Apply" button on the top left Click the "Synchronize Now" button near the bottom

Best Of luck....

I'd suggest you install a workstation with CentOS to learn NFS.


Video how to set up NFS:

Regards, Tobias

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D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply, is it suggested to download the eval copy of suse enterprise desktop , in this case will i be able to make the suse eneterpise desktop as a nfs client, please suggest.
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Yes off-course you can learn nfs on suse also please read the article on setting up nfs on suse. The chapter explains setting up server as well as client. You can skip the server part but can read it just to know how it works. 

I have to agree with Tobias.  CentOS is probably your best bet, especially if you are going to be doing your initial testing and learning on a RHEL system.  CentOS is functionally identical to RHEL.  The primary differences are that RHEL is more current on maintenance and CentOS is free.

The Utube video showing how to set it up is adequate.
D_wathiAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much, in addtion to the existing RHEL5 server iam having another system recently installed centos but not the desktop or workstation instead installed the server packages now can i make use of the same system to work as a NFS client to the RHEL server or should i need to install the desktop or workstation packages, please suggest.
NFS client/server is available by default on all Linux and Unix flavors. you need to configure it and use it

If all you want to do is provide file server function then you just need the basic server package.  I would configure it with the GUI and then set the runlevel to 3 so the X stuff doesn't run and waste memory.  If you need to do something using the GUI, then just log on to the console and issue the command "startx".  When you log off, all of the X-server stuff terminates.

When you do a basic server install, you may have to come back and install the nfs pieces.  It's simple.  Just run "yum install portmap nfs-utils"
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