Very newbie network question

All of our PC’s are connected to the router either by Ethernet or by WiFi.
is it possible to set things up so that when I am on a laptop, I can read the drives/partitions on my desktop?

Of course you can. When both are Linux systems, I would prefer NSF. YaST has NSF modules for the server as well as the client side.

The server side ‘exports’ directories, which then can be mounted like a file system on the client side.

It is the best when you have the same users (in fact the same UID) on both systems that is the file owner. That makes it the easiest for user(s) not to have permission problems.

When you have questions, ask.

Edit: Indeed one should read NFS, not NSF!

Or just connect over sftp via your file browser eg Nautilus, bookmark and done… then it’s an on demand solution…

I think you mean NFS?

Or, the person can SSH (or otherwise remote into the target machine) and run any utility you want as though you were sitting directly at that machine.


I think the same. Very stupid of me. Sorry to the OP.

Looks like the LEAP documentation for “Remote Administration” has a new title now which also will mean that old links to this content may not work.

VNC is a popular solution that allows you to remote into any machine in your network (or even across the Internet) from your own machine wherever you may be. Once logged in, you are looking at a graphical Desktop and can do anything you wish as though you were sitting at that machine’s keyboard, and have access to whatever tools you want.

VNC is also cross-platform, which means that you can remote into more than just openSUSE machines… If there are MSWindows machines in your network, you can remote into them, too. The only significant difference is that Linux is multi-user so you can connect to an openSUSE without bothering anyone who may be sitting at that machine whereas MSWindows is single-user so your connection will likely be to the User that is logged in already (or kick them off if you have permissions).

Like most other solutions mentioned in this Forum thread so far, you can view the contents of more than one machine at once (resources permitting).


Thanks to all that responded. Good information, and as usual to the point and useful.
I will dig into it and see what happens between my desktop and my laptop.