Files between ESX and Linux via NFS

Published on Monday, March 2, 2009

I like ESX. I like Linux. It is absurdly easy to configure Linux as an NFS server and mount it in ESXIi).

Installed NFS

I currently use Ubuntu Server for my home lab, but the process is basically the same for Red Hat and derivatives.

sudo apt-get install nfs-common
sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server

Next, configure NFS so it can server your local LAN. Normally you would list only specific servers, but, well, we're being cheap and dirty today. Open /etc/exports in VI or your editor of choice.


Restart NFS.

sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-common

Go to Configuration -> Storage -> Add Storage.

Select NFS

Fill in the info, see screenshot.

Wait a minute. Voila! New datastore.

Images to come shortly.