PfSense as NFS Server

  • Have AMD Turion II Dual Core Neo N40L for pfSense with 250GB Hardisk, and Sharkoon QuickPort Quattro, Docking-Station for SATA HDs with two 1TB Harddisks to share with NFS on mine LAN, which is on Netgear ProSafe GS108E, 8 Port Gigabit Switch

    pfSense IP Address, ADSL Modem

    pfSense /etc/exports

    /data1 -maproot=1000 -network
    /data2 -maproot=1000 -network

    pfSense /etc/fstab

    Device                Mountpoint      FStype  Options         Dump    Pass#

    /dev/ad4s1a             /               ufs     rw              1       1
    /dev/ad4s1b             none            swap    sw              0       0

    /dev/ad0s1a             /data1       ufs     rw      2       2
    /dev/ad1s1a            /data2       ufs     rw      2       2

    FreeBSD /etc/fstab

    Network File System, only for Client  /data1      nfs    rw,noatime      0      0  /data2      nfs    rw,noatime      0      0

    This is the same as in FreeBSD default

    grep nfs /etc/defaults/rc.conf

    netfs_types="nfs:NFS nfs4:NFS4 smbfs:SMB portalfs:PORTAL nwfs:NWFS" # Net filesystems.

    Network daemon (NFS): All need rpcbind_enable="YES"

    nfs_client_enable="NO"          # This host is an NFS client (or NO).
    nfs_access_cache="60"           # Client cache timeout in seconds
    nfs_server_enable="NO"          # This host is an NFS server (or NO).
    nfs_server_flags="-u -t -n 4"   # Flags to nfsd (if enabled).
    mountd_flags="-r"               # Flags to mountd (if NFS server enabled).
    nfs_reserved_port_only="NO"     # Provide NFS only on secure port (or NO).
    nfs_bufpackets=""               # bufspace (in packets) for client
    rpc_lockd_enable="NO"           # Run NFS rpc.lockd needed for client/server.
    rpc_statd_enable="NO"           # Run NFS rpc.statd needed for client/server.
    nfsv4_server_enable="NO"        # Enable support for NFSv4
    nfscbd_enable="NO"              # NFSv4 client side callback daemon
    nfscbd_flags=""                 # Flags for nfscbd
    nfsuserd_enable="NO"            # NFSv4 user/group name mapping daemon
    nfsuserd_flags=""               # Flags for nfsuserd

    For NFS Server have I in FreeBSD /etc/rc.conf

    Network File System

    For NFS Server and Client


    For NFS Server

    mountd_flags="-r -p NFS-Port"

    For NFS Client


    End Network File System

    How can I use this rc.conf Settings in pfSense, I knew that is there central configuration /cf/conf/config.xml for all and in /etc
    have manu rc. files, but not normaly /etc/rc.conf.

    Is safe to make a new /etc/rc.conf with this settings, or where should I write this Settings?

    If I start NFS Server with

    /etc/rc.d/rpcbind onestart

    /etc/rc.d/mountd onestart

    /etc/rc.d/nfsd onestart

    Then works pfSense as NFS Server, but not usable as NFSv4 which I need.


  • Not sure I would use firewall as NFS server. It also looks like you fstab is backwards. Should it not be:

    <ipaddress>:/data1 /zajedno1    nfs …..

    Even if you did a reboot might and an upgrade certainly would reconfigure the exports for you. There are better things out there to do that with, like freeNAS or openNAS ...</ipaddress>

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