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Merging users' view of multiple separate NSS filesystems...?

I'm not sure what even to search for to see if this has already been addressed. I hope it's pretty straight-forward for you to respond.

This concerns OES 2.0.3 only.

I have 3 servers with large NSS filesystems. The 3 filesystems were originally one but grew too large for various purposes, so we split them up. The directories are for different user departments to share among themselves and are mapped as G: for each account's department subdirectory.

Over time people from one group needed additional access to other dept G: drives and this led to spaghetti log-in scripts, etc., for i:, j:, k:, etc., drives. And what they want changes all the time. I'd like to keep the existing volumes and servers separate but mount each into a single mount point (on maybe a fourth server) to which every account will simply get mapped as G:, and they'll only see folders they have rights to, so no more spaghetti code and only access group memberships.

Is this possible? Where do I begin to look for help on this topic? ncpmount?

Thanks!
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Re: Merging users' view of multiple separate NSS filesystems...?

KentFSmith wrote:

> Where do I begin to look for help on this topic?


A good place to start is the documentation:
http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/

Perhaps you'll get some ideas from these sections:

OES 2 SP3: Novell Distributed File Services Administration Guide for
Linux
http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/stor_dfs_lx/?page=/documentation/oes2/stor_dfs_lx/data/bookinfo.html#bookinfo

OES 2 SP3: Dynamic Storage Technology Administration Guide
http://www.novell.com/documentation/oes2/stor_dst_lx/?page=/documentation/oes2/stor_dst_lx/data/bookinfo.html#bookinfo

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Re: Merging users' view of multiple separate NSS filesystems

DFS looks pretty close to what I'm after. I'll focus on that. DST is about HSM with a primary/secondary split, although it does hide the disk split from the users' view of the directory. Thanks!

Other comments, suggestions? Anyone out there tried and accomplished this already?
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Re: Merging users' view of multiple separate NSS filesystems...?

On 18/01/2013 00:46, KentFSmith wrote:

> DFS looks pretty close to what I'm after. I'll focus on that. DST is
> about HSM with a primary/secondary split, although it does hide the disk
> split from the users' view of the directory. Thanks!
>
> Other comments, suggestions? Anyone out there tried and accomplished
> this already?


How are your users accessing the file systems? The mention of drive
letters in your original post makes me think Windows clients and either
logging in through the Novell Client or using CIFS/SMB.

If you are only using Windows then DFS is an option but if there are
other platforms or access methods in play that might be a problem.

HTH.
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Re: Merging users' view of multiple separate NSS filesystems

Only Windows XP/7 using Novell Clients. Mapping in login script(s).

How are your users accessing the file systems? The mention of drive
letters in your original post makes me think Windows clients and either
logging in through the Novell Client or using CIFS/SMB.

If you are only using Windows then DFS is an option but if there are
other platforms or access methods in play that might be a problem.

HTH.
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Novell/SUSE/NetIQ Knowledge Partner
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