I have two virtual machines on two separate networks. They both run Centos 6.

I use the second as a cheap backup for my first VM via FTP. It works fine, but it would simplify things if I could mount second as a network drive.

Is this possible?

Following this tutorial, the setup on the nfs server seemed to go smoothly. On the client, all went well except when I tried to mount it.

 # mount ipaddress:/home/backup /home/backups/
mount.nfs: No such device

Adding an entry in fstab

ipaddress:/home/backup  /home/backups   nfs      auto,noatime,nolock,bg,nfsvers=3,intr,tcp,actimeo=1800 0 0

and running mount -a gives:

mount.nfs: backgrounding "ipaddress:/home/backup"
mount.nfs: mount options: "nolock,bg,nfsvers=3,intr,tcp,actimeo=1800,addr=ipadress"
  • What virtualisation software do you run? Do both VMs run on the same host? A lot of them come with client tools, which can expose (part of) the filesystem to the host operating system. – jornane May 23 '14 at 20:40
  • They both use openvz – david May 23 '14 at 21:12
  • OK, that sounds like both VMs are not only on different networks, but also on different hosts. That means that you must communicate over the network anyway; you already have two great answers here, so I won't bother adding a third. – jornane May 23 '14 at 21:23
  • You can't do this on OpenVZ unless the hosting provider loads the necessary modules for you. Please do yourself a favor and stop using OpenVZ. – Michael Hampton May 23 '14 at 22:10

Yes, well sort of. You can share the remote server's disk resources.

NFS is a fairly easy way to do this that works well on a LAN and is well supported by CentOS.

  • edit the 'remote' server's /etc/exports to share the relevant resorces
  • edit the local server's /etc/fstab to mount the remote share
  • mount the filesystem

job's a goodun


If you're backing up files regularly you could try combining an NFS mount (from the backup VM) with rsnapshot. I backup a large Ubuntu fileserver this way, with a cron job calling rsnapshot.

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