Mounting a NFS share from Exagrid to a VMware host

After endlessly searching through Google (by endlessly I mean various searches with only scanning the first or second page and spending roughly about 2 – 3 minutes on each page), we bit the bullet and called Exagrid support to assist us with mounting a NFS share in VMware. This is what I learned from that experience.

  • By default, Exagrid uses NFSv4 when using the directory path serverIPaddress:/NFSshare
  • To mount this in VMware you need to force it to use NFSv3
  • When trying to mount the share using simply /Backup we were receiving the following error:
    • NFS mount ip-address:mountpoint failed: The mount request was denied by the NFS server. Check that the export exists and that the client is permitted to mount it.

To mount the NFS share in VMware use the following path pre-fix in front of your share:

  • /home1/shares/
    • Example: my NFS share in Exagrid is Backup, so in VMware my path will be: /home1/shares/Backup

You should see that VMware is able to successfully add the NFS share as a datastore.

mapping-to-exagrid

Resolved: Apache “Could Not Reliably Determine the Server’s Fully Qualified Domain Name”

While installing Apache 2 on my Linux server, which runs Ubuntu 10.10, I came across this error:

chris@chrism-laptop:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
* Restarting web server apache2
apache2: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name,
using 127.0.1.1 for ServerName

To solve this problem simply issue this command:

sudo gedit /etc/apache2/httpd.conf

The file will be blank by default so don’t worry! Type this into the blank document and save:

ServerName localhost

Now, issue the restart command for apache.

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Hope this helps!