I hope this is an easy task to implement basically I 'need' to point the currently logged in user's documents,etc to a folder on the server. I know this an easy task on a windows server and client through group policy.

  • I think you want LDAP - help.ubuntu.com/community/ActiveDirectoryHowto - but I am not sure as I find your question vague – Panther Oct 21 '14 at 13:28
  • thanks for the quick response, I will re phrase, on a "windows" network you can configure the client to re-direct the users documents folder to an actual folder that resides on the server, thus giving the impression that the users documents 'follow' them as they login to different machines. – Wayne Roberts Oct 21 '14 at 13:29
  • On Linux it is called active directory, see the link I gave you. I am not aware of any graphical configuration tool and it takes some time to configure. – Panther Oct 21 '14 at 13:57
  • RHEL has a graphical tool access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/… – Panther Oct 21 '14 at 13:59

Just mount the network share on the Documents folder

Move any existing docs out of the local user Documents folder first.

Then add this to fstab

server.local:/srv/user/Documents /home/user/Documents  nfs  _netdev,auto 0 0

Change server.local to a valid dns name of your server.

Tell it to do the mounts now

mount -a

Now your local Documents folder points to your server location.

You would need your nfs server in place first, and nfs-tools installed locally.

This is a manual way to do it for one user on one workstation. For multiple users or a generic version you'll need something smarter using LDAP or NSS.


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