How to Mount NFS From Linux To AIX

Linux :

  1. SSH to the Linux box
  2. Add an entry in the /etc/hosts to add the AIX server IP and hostname, if it is not already there
  3. Specify the file system to be exported in the /etc/exports file
    /data X.X.X.X
  4. Start the nfs service, if it has not already been started
    [root@linux ~]# service nfs status
    rpc.mountd (pid 3170) is running…
    nfsd (pid 3167 3166 3165 3164 3163 3162 3161 3160) is running…
    rpc.rquotad (pid 3145) is running…
    [root@linux ~]# service nfs restart
    Shutting down NFS mountd: [ OK ]
    Shutting down NFS daemon: [ OK ]
    Shutting down NFS quotas: [ OK ]
    Shutting down NFS services: [ OK ]
    Starting NFS services: [ OK ]
    Starting NFS quotas: [ OK ]
    Starting NFS daemon: [ OK ]
    Starting NFS mountd: [ OK ]
  5. Run the exportfs command to export the file system
    # exportfs -a


  1. Add an entry in the /etc/hosts for the Linux box, if it is not already there.
  2. Run the showmount command to check if AIX can see the exported file system
    # showmount -e X.X.X.X 
  3. Create a directory to mount the NFS
    # mkdir /data 
  4. Run the mount command to mount the exported NFS
    # mount X.X.X.X:/data /data 
  5. If not able to mount and the error message is “vmount: operation not permitted“, run the command below. Detailed explanation here.
    #  nfso -p -o nfs_use_reserved_ports=1
  6. Try the mount command again.
  7. If successful, try to access the directory.

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