Setting up a shared (guest) read-write folder across Samba and NFS was a piece of cake on CentOS 8. I’ve also thrown Avahi daemon into the mix so all three platforms we have in our family can easily access our data. Here are my notes.
First of, I’ve put my ethernet into trusted zone because I don’t want to deal with firewall in my home network. I am running one on router. You should probably not do this.
firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --change-interface=eno1
firewall-cmd --zone=trusted --change-interface=eno1 --permanent
For the record, my new NAS server is simply an 8th gen Intel NUC with a SSD for
the OS and 2 TB Seagate drive for data. I don’t have much content just photos
basically, unfortunately the bay is 9mm and there are no bigger 2.5-sized disks
available. My plan is to extend it later with an external 4-6 TB USB3 or
Thunderbolt HDD. I’ve configured LVM and the internal drive is mounted at
/mnt/int. I don’t use RAID on my home NAS servers because I believe it’s not
necessary - I can live with couple of days downtime until new disk arrives.
Remember: RAID is not a backup! I regularly backup all the data to a remote
Overall goal is simple: have a single shared folder between Samba and NFS mounted read-write with SELinux turned on with minimum configuration as possible.
I’ve installed Samba, NFS server, SELinux utilities and Avahi daemon:
dnf install samba samba-client nfs-utils policycoreutils-python-utils avahi
Configuration of Samba could have been more simple as many of these values are probably default ones, I was just experimenting a bit and it won’t hurt for sure. This is /etc/samba/smb.conf:
netbios name = NUC
workgroup = WORKGROUP
local master = yes
security = user
passdb backend = tdbsam
guest account = nobody
map to guest = Bad User
logging = systemd
log level = 0
load printers = no
comment = Data
path = /mnt/int/data
browseable = yes
writeable = yes
public = yes
read only = no
guest ok = yes
guest only = yes
force create mode = 0664
force directory mode = 0775
force user = nobody
force group = nobody
The important SELinux “trick” was to configure file context correctly, so both NFS and Samba can access read and write it:
semanage fcontext -a -t public_content_rw_t "/mnt/int(/.*)?"
restorecon -RvvF /mnt/int
Both services also need to be allowed to write content:
setsebool -P allow_smbd_anon_write=1
setsebool -P allow_nfsd_anon_write=1
Configuration of NFSv4 in RHEL 8 (CentOS 8) is super easy. If you remember the pain of configuring firewalls with with older NFS versions like me, you want to disable those services completely. This step is optional if you want to allow legacy NFS clients:
Stop and disable NFS services which are not needed for NFSv4:
systemctl mask --now rpc-statd.service rpcbind.service rpcbind.socket
End of the optional step. Configuration of NFS server is super easy (compare to Samba):
Since NFS server comes preinstalled in the default server CentOS8 installation profile, I restarted it.
systemctl restart nfs-server
And enabled Samba and Avahi services:
systemctl enable --now nmb.service smb.service nfs-server.service avahi-daemon.service
That’s really all. Testing is easy, install
samba-client package and do:
smbclient -U guest //nuc/data
To test NFS, just mount the directory:
mount -t nfs nuc:/mnt/int/data /mnt/nuc
Hope the article helped you to achieve shared folder at home. This is not recommended setup for work or coffeeshops. And remember to do regular backups (not copies), because people can accidentaly rename, overwrite or delete files!
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