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This is a guide on how to access your NFS network file storage hosted on University's Research Data Storage Service (RDSS).

Details of your NFS share

  • Address: research-nfs.unimelb.edu.au:/faculty_code/department_code-share_name. E.g.:

    research-nfs.unimelb.edu.au:/9770/9770-share-name
    

Before connecting

Access to your NFS share is controlled by a whitelist of static IP addresses (fixed IPs rather than dynamic IPs). If you haven't already whitelisted an address, then you will need to: 

          (a) lookup the address (using a command such as $ hostname -i ) ; and then
          (b) Create a Research IT Infrastructure request (https://go.unimelb.edu.au/8jgi ), requesting that your IP address be whitelisted for this volume. (Please include the share address + IP address in your request).

Also note that you will need to have functional reverse DNS lookups (ie. PTR records) working on your hosts, before connecting.

Connect via Ubuntu Linux 18.04 (should also work for other Debian-based distributions)

From Terminal/CLI:

    • Start a Terminal window and install nfs Utility:

      $ sudo apt-get install nfs-common
      
    • Create a local mount point:

      $ sudo mkdir /mnt/mount_name
      
    • Edit the idmapd file located in the /etc directory:

      $ sudo nano idmapd.conf
      
    • Add the following domain:

      Domain = ipa.unimelb.edu.au
      
    • Clear the idmapd cache:

      $ sudo nfsidmap -c
      
    • Mount the share with the following command:

      $ sudo mount -t nfs -o rw,relatime,vers=4.0,rsize=1048576,wsize=1048576,hard,proto=tcp,port=0,timeo=600,retrans=2,sec=sys,local_lock=none research-nfs.unimelb.edu.au:/faculty_code/department_code-share_name /mnt/mount_name
      

Connect via CentOS 8 (should also work for current RPM-based distributions)

From Terminal/CLI:

    • Start a Terminal window and install nfs Utility:

      $ sudo yum install nfs-utils
      
    • Create a local mount point:

      $ sudo mkdir /mnt/mount_name
      
    • Edit the idmapd file located in the /etc directory:

      $ sudo nano idmapd.conf
      
    • Add the following domain:

      Domain = ipa.unimelb.edu.au
      
    • Clear the idmapd cache:

      $ sudo nfsidmap -c 
    • Mount the share with the following command:

      $ sudo mount -t nfs -o rw,relatime,vers=4.0,rsize=1048576,wsize=1048576,hard,proto=tcp,port=0,timeo=600,retrans=2,sec=sys,local_lock=none research-nfs.unimelb.edu.au:/faculty_code/department_code-share_name  /mnt/mount_name

Connect via CentOS 7 (earlier RPM-based releases)

From Terminal/CLI:

    • Start a Terminal window and install nfs Utility:

      $ sudo yum install nfs-utils
      
    • Create a local mount point:

      $ sudo mkdir /mnt/mount_name
      
    • Edit the idmapd file located in the /etc directory:

      $ sudo nano idmapd.conf
      
    • Add the following domain:

      Domain = ipa.unimelb.edu.au
      
    • Restart the idmapd service:

      $ sudo service rpcidmapd restart
      
    • Mount the share with the following command:

      $ sudo mount -t nfs -o rw,relatime,vers=4.0,rsize=1048576,wsize=1048576,hard,proto=tcp,port=0,timeo=600,retrans=2,sec=sys,local_lock=none research-nfs.unimelb.edu.au:/faculty_code/department_code-share_name  /mnt/mount_name
      

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