how to configure NFS automount for use with managed user accounts on mac os x snow leopard server 10.6.x

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  • Mac OS X Server 10.6.x computer, configured and running.
  • Following services configured and running: AFP, NFS, DNS, OpenDirectoryMaster, Firewall service configured so that AFP and NFS get thru the firewall.


First login to the server using an administrator user account.

  1. Open Server Admin, located under Applications/Server/, and select the controller in the Servers list.
  2. Click File Sharing, then click Volumes.
  3. Select the volume you want to contain the home directory share point (for example, Data).
  4. Click Browse.
  5. Click New Folder, name the folder “home,” then click Create.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Select the home folder you created.
  8. Click Share, then click Share Point.
  9. Select Enable Automount.The Automount configuration screen appears.
  10. Verify that the directory is set to /LDAPv3/
  11. From the protocol pop-up menu choose NFS.
  12. Verify that “Use for” is set to User home folders.
  13. Click OK.
  14. When prompted, enter the directory administrator’s user name and password.
  15. Deselect “Enable Spotlight searching.”
  16. From Share Point, click Protocol Options.The Protocol Options screen appears.
  17. Click NFS.
  18. Select the “Export this item and its contents to” checkbox, then choose Subnet from the pop-up menu.
  19. Set the Subnet address field to your private network address (for example,
  20. Set the Subnet mask field to your private network subnet mask (for example,
  21. Verify that the mapping pop-up menu is set to “Root to Nobody.”
  22. Click OK.
  23. Click Save.
  24. Restart the controller (Apple Menu > Restart).

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