Monday, March 12, 2007

Allow Clients to Access Applications on the Server

For many applications, a single application on the server is maintained and then network file system (NFS) to the workstations. This allows users virtual access to the application. The centralize location also helps reduce maintenance actions. One example is the Zircon client application. Below is an example.

Of course, any application configured in this manner should be licensed for whatever number of instances you might invoke.

Add the following lines
#vi /etc/dfs/dfstab
share -F nfs -o rw=client1:client2:client3:client4:client5,root=client1:client2:client3:client4:client5 -d "Zircon Client" /export/opt/zircon
:wq! (saves and quits vi)

It is assumed the host information for server and clients is included in files, nis, nis+ or whatever naming service you are using.

Next we need to share it out
#shareall

#vi /etc/auto_direct
/opt/zircon bg,soft server:/export/opt/zircon
:wq! (saves and quits vi)

#vi /etc/auto_master
/- auto_direct
:wq! (saves and quits vi)

#automount -v

Launch Zircon application from the workstation via command line or menu. Of course, you will need to configure your menu options.

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