Hi Dmitri,

I do realise my question is borderline and I accept that it is considered
off-topic.

I did post it here because I believe it's not *only* about NFS, but also
about its interaction with freeIPA. The issue of NFS home and in particular
about their creation is touched in all the links I posted (all about
freeIPA) and never really answered.

Best,
Roberto

On 19 March 2015 at 19:36, Dmitri Pal <d...@redhat.com> wrote:

>  On 03/19/2015 05:29 AM, Roberto Cornacchia wrote:
>
>  On 6 March 2015 at 11:15, Martin Kosek <mko...@redhat.com> wrote:
>
>> On 03/06/2015 10:56 AM, Roberto Cornacchia wrote:
>>
>>> Hi there,
>>>
>>> I'm planning to deploy freeIPA on our lan.
>>> It's small-ish and completely based on FC21, so I expect everything to
>>> work
>>> like a charm.
>>>
>>> Except one detail. We have Synology NAS station, which uses DSM 5.0.
>>> The ideal plan is to use it as host for shared NFS home dirs once we
>>> switch our
>>> desktops to freeIPA.
>>>
>>
>>  Great!
>>
>>>
>>>
>  Hello,
>
>  The first thing I'm struggling  with is to find the correct approach
> about NFS home dirs.
> The ideal setting would be:
> - home dirs on the NAS
> - IPA manages automount maps
> - home dirs are created automatically at first login
>
>  The documentation I could find on these topics includes only
> not-so-recent pages (anything I missed?):
>
>   http://wiki.linux-nfs.org/wiki/index.php/NFS_and_FreeIPA
>
> http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/FreeIPA_Guide/automount.html
>
> http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/FreeIPA_Guide/users.html#home-directories
>  http://adam.younglogic.com/2011/06/automount-and-home-directory-creation/
>
>  Now, I admit I don't have much experience with setting up NFS homes,
> with or without freeIPA, so trying to get this done correctly in the
> context of freeIPA and without clear howtos isn't very easy, but I'm
> willing to get my hands dirty.
>
>  The first problem I struggle with is on the correct approach.
> From the documentation above, I understand that there is a bit of a
> chicken-egg problem about the creation of home dirs.
> On the one hand, it would be optimal to have automount maps to load only
> single home dirs on demand, rather than the entire /home tree.
> On the other hand, if the /home tree is not available, then creating
> /home/user1 dir automatically isn't really possible.
>
>  Just mounting the whole /home tree would make things easier, but I don't
> have a feeling of when it starts to become a performance issue (assuming
> recent hardware and up to date software). 10 users? 50? 100? 500? No idea.
> The realm I'm dealing with at the moment is in the range of 5-10 users and
> probably won't be larger than 50 in the next few years (and if it will, it
> means things are going well, so what the heck ;)
> Also true that, with such few users, I could just create the homedirs
> manually when needed (this is not an organisation where many users come and
> go) and just mount the individually.
> Any tips about this?
>
>  Best, Roberto
>
>
>
>
>  Some of these questions are really outside the scope of this list.
> You might consider asking them on the NFS list.
>
> --
> Thank you,
> Dmitri Pal
>
> Sr. Engineering Manager IdM portfolio
> Red Hat, Inc.
>
>
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