You don't need NFS Server running - you need the IBM i to be an NFS
client - that is easily done using the MOUNT command - this should be
run in the startup program at IPL.
I strongly recommend using a Linux NFS server - a Windows box has
problems when you get too many files in a directory - along the order of
300,000 files will bring writing to the directory to a crawl.
You can find the defaults for the options of the MOUNT command in
Knowledge Center from a google search of "mount ibm i" - here are the
the options used by a 3rd-party doc management product -
MOUNT TYPE(*NFS) MFS(@NFSFS@) MNTOVRDIR(@IFSDIR@)
You can look at the documentation to get an idea of what options to use.
@NFSFS@ is the path to the NFS share - host plus colon plus share name
@IFSDIR@ is a local directory - its contents will no longer be visible,
once the mount is run - be sure to manage that - i.e., you probably want
nothing in the local directory.
NFS security is different from IBM i security - it uses one or the other
of GID or UID of the user profile - there is a manual that deals
completely with NFS, so take a look there - but take a look from the
point of view of being the client - that's not covered much in there,
probably because it's not all that complicated. In other words, I don't
think you need to look too much at topics related to any "export" topics
- those are for running the NFS Server on IBM i, and you are not going
to do that.
The manual can be found at
One approach is to set up security on the NFS server to allow anonymous
access but maybe from only one IP address. If you don't do that, you'll
have to set up some IBM i profile with the UID or GID that is specified
in the NFS server setup.
There's more that I don't remember - and there can be "interesting"
issues that arise - IBM support is a great resource help with this.
On 8/31/2014 7:22 PM, Steinmetz, Paul wrote:
We would like to change from converting/coping some spoolfiles to the IFS to either a Windows or Linux server.
Currently, we use Info Print Server to email the spoolfiles, but Info Print Server only allows the IFS.
These spoolfiles would then either be attached or included as a link in an email to internal users.
Another future option would be a "dashboard" for internal users to view spoolfiles sent to them.
I believe NFS server needs to be configured and running for this.
What else is needed.
What commands would be used for this?
Any good links and/or docs on this.