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File server works without administration

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013750D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-05
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Reducing administration work effort of servers is major interest of IT managers. An idea described here makes it possible to maintain a file server without any administration work by automating creation/deletion of shared directories.

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File server works without administration

  Reducing administration work effort of servers is major interest of IT managers. An idea described here makes it possible to maintain a file server without any administration work by automating creation/deletion of shared directories.

A minimum set of administration required for a file server consists of two configuration setting - for network and for shared directories. First one can be automated by using DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol - RFC2131). For second one, an administrator should create a directory and set it to be shared by network file sharing protocol e.g. NFS (Network File System) and CIFS (Common Internet File System). This setting can be automated by creating a directory and set it shared on demand from clients.

This works in a manner described below. When a NFS or CIFS client mounts a file system or a directory of a remote file server, it sends a share name of a file system or a directory over a network. In an usual case, this name should be assigned by an administrator of the file server otherwise the mount request will be rejected. But this can be changed as the following. When a mount request comes with an unknown share name, a file server creates a new file system or directory and assign the name, then sends a reply with a handle to the new shared directory. If a plain text password is included in the request, it is also applied as a password for the shared directory. Deletion of an unnecessar...