Help needed with server setup at work

Rico Secada coolzone at
Mon Apr 23 18:14:08 UTC 2007


At work we have a bunch of NFS servers. The servers provide the home directories for all the employees client machines. 

Most of the employees mount their home dirs manually, but some are mounted using scripts. Employee John knows he belongs to NFS server 1, and emplyoee Britney knows she belongs to NFS server 3 and so on.

Now due to new conditions I have to set up a new system from which ALL employees are able to mount their home directories from their homes (where they live). Since I only have one IP address at my disposal, I need to set up some kind of union system in which all home directories apear as they live on just one server. Besides that I have to figure out what kind of security I need to use. I have been thinking about AFS.

About the union thing I first thought of somehow union mouting all the different home directories on a single machine which then serves as the access point, but I am affraid if that particular machine crashes, then no one can get to their files. 

Good ideas and experiences are greatly appreciated! 

Best and kind regards
Rico Secada

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