View Full Version : [ubuntu] LTSP - Persistent home directories on server

February 24th, 2010, 06:30 PM
Hi Forum!

I'm new to the LTSP topic and I don't know whether I've misunderstood
parts of the key concept.

I've setup an LTSP server using Ubuntu 9.10 64 Bit on VMware ESXi 4 Update 1
according to this article http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/LTSP.

Basically the setup works but I would like to know how I can achieve persistent
home directories for the users on the server. Right now Firefox (installed as local
app) does not even save the proxy settings - on the next reboot the clients boot a
fresh blank desktop. Folders, files and everything I put somewhere in the home directory
are lost after rebooting.

Here's what I did so far:

- Installed Ubuntu 9.10, One network card, DHCP on a separate server
- Installed the following packages on the server
- ltsp-server
- nbd-server
- ltspfs
- ltspfsd
- Added two new user accounts on the server

- Created the client using the command

ltsp-build-client --arch i386 \
--http-proxy http://internal-apt-cache.domain.local:3142 \
--locale de_DE.UTF-8 \
--late-packages ubuntu-desktop- Executed the command
ltsp-update-sshkeys- Chrooted into the client jail via
chroot /opt/ltsp/i386/- Installed Firefox
- Created the ltsp.conf file in
/var/lib/tftpboot/ltsp/i386/lts.conf with the following content

SOUND = True
SEARCH_DOMAIN = nr.domain.local
DNS_SERVER = According to the wiki article mentioned above Ubuntu LTSP switched from NFS to nbd starting with Ubuntu Hardy.
If I get this right the clients boot a read only image from the server, right?

What's the main concept then to have persistent settings for the users? What comes to my mind as solution is
to set up and configure NFS, chroot into the client jail and temper the
/etc/fstabRebuild the client image afterwards and mount the home directories using NFS.

Is this the way to go for the solution or did I simply misconfigure something?

Looking forward to your replies.


February 25th, 2010, 05:49 PM
Wrong forum?