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 +====== How to use SSHFS to mount anything ======
 +
 +SSHFS ("SSH File System") is a system to let you mount **anything** on **any machine** that you can SSH to.  To use it on Ubuntu:
 +
 +  $ sudo apt-get install sshfs
 +  $ sudo adduser <your_userid> fuse
 +
 +You can install it on RHEL5/CentOS5 [[http://www.sdmachelp.com/fuse/fuse-sshfs.html|these directions]].  You don't even have to be root to use it (provided you are in the 'fuse' group, or you "chmod 777 /dev/fuse").
 +
 +  register$ mkdir mntpoint
 +  register$ sshfs break:/ mntpoint
 +  register$ ls mntpoint
 +      boot  etc   initrd  lib64       media  mnt  opt               proc  sbin     srv  t    u    var
 +   bin  dev   home  lib     lost+found  misc   net  post-changes.tar  root  selinux  sys  tmp  usr  x
 +  register$ echo something > mntpoint/etc/yp.conf
 +   bash: mntpoint/etc/yp.conf: Permission denied
 +
 +Neat, but what if we want root access to that system?  Well, you can do:
 +
 +  register$ sshfs root@break:/ mntpoint
 +
 +You'll need the root password to that last bit.
 +
 +You can go all crazy and mount a bunch of stuff at once:
 +
 +  pac00# for A in `seq 0 9`; do mkdir pac0$A ; sshfs pac0$A:/ pac0$A ; done
 +
 +That will make a directory for pac00 .. pac09 and mount that system's root there.  Then you could go nuts with some scripts to modify each system.  
 +
 +Because this works on **any** system you can SSH to, it cuts through NAT routers and firewalls, and you can mount almost any OS, including:
 +  * Linux
 +  * VMWare ESX
 +  * Solaris
 +  * FreeBSD
 +  * Mac OS X
 +  * Windows (if you've installed an SSH server like Cygwin)
  
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