System Administration Guide, Volume 1


You can mount NFS file system resources by using a client-side service called automounting (or AutoFS), which enables a system to automatically mount and unmount NFS resources whenever you access them. The resource remains mounted as long as you remain in the directory and are using a file. If the resource is not accessed for a certain period of time, it is automatically unmounted.

AutoFS provides the following features:

The AutoFS service is initialized by automount, which is run automatically when a system is booted. The automount daemon, automountd, runs continuously and is responsible for the mounting and unmounting of the NFS file systems on an as-needed basis. By default, the Solaris operating environment automounts /home.

AutoFS works with file systems specified in the name service. This information can be maintained in NIS, NIS+, or local /etc files. With AutoFS, you can specify multiple servers to provide the same file system. This way, if one of the servers is down, AutoFS can try to mount from another machine. You can specify which servers are preferred for each resource in the maps by assigning each server a weighting factor.

See System Administration Guide, Volume 3 for complete information on how to set up and administer AutoFS.