About This Guide

The ONC3/NFS Administrator's Guide documents the SGI Open Network Computing/Network File System (ONC3/NFS). The purpose of this guide is to provide the information needed to set up and maintain the ONC3/NFS services. It explains ONC3/NFS software fundamentals and provides procedures to help you install, test, and troubleshoot ONC3/NFS on your network. It also contains planning information and recommendations for administering the service.

The following topics are covered:

Provides general problem-solving information and check-out procedures. Also describes specific problems that can occur with ONC3/NFS and suggests what you can do to correct them.

What You Should Know

To use the setup and maintenance information in this guide, you should have experience in the following areas:

  • Setting up network services

  • Assessing the needs of network users

  • Maintaining hosts databases

  • Understanding the UNIX file system structure

  • Using UNIX editors

To troubleshoot ONC3/NFS, you should be familiar with these concepts:

  • Theory of network services

  • SGI's network implementation

Related Publications

The following publications contain additional information that may be helpful:

  • IRIX Admin: Networking and Mail explains the fundamentals of system and network administration for SGI systems on a local area network.

  • NIS Administration Guide explains how to set up and maintain SGI's implementation of the network information service.

  • IRIX Network Programming Guide explains the programmatic interfaces to ONC3/NFS.

  • Diskless Workstation Administration Guide describes the setup and maintenance of diskless workstations.

  • Getting Started With BDSpro describes how to configure BDSpro to extend standard NFS performance.

For information about using the SGI comprehensive product support and maintenance program for this product, refer to the Release Notes that accompany it. The ONC3/NFS Release Notes contains a complete list of software modules and prerequisites. IRIX Admin: Software Installation and Licensing provides instructions for installation.

Obtaining Publications

You can obtain SGI documentation in the following ways:

  • See the SGI Technical Publications Library at http://docs.sgi.com . Various formats are available. This library contains the most recent and most comprehensive set of online books, release notes, man pages, and other information.

  • If it is installed on your SGI system, you can use InfoSearch, an online tool that provides a more limited set of online books, release notes, and man pages. With an IRIX system, select Help from the Toolchest, and then select InfoSearch. Or you can type infosearch on a command line.

  • You can also view release notes by typing either grelnotes or relnotes on a command line.

  • You can also view man pages by typing man <title> on a command line.


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