How To Mount a NAS Server by systemd

Create a systemd mount unit file

This unit file MUST contain the path within the name using hyphens(-) instead of slashes(/). In my case, I will be mounting the NFS export at /mnt/things so my file name will be mnt-things.mount. The mount file itself will be stored at /etc/systemd/system/ here's the full path to the file /etc/systemd/system/mnt-things.mount.

/etc/systemd/system/mnt-things.mount

[Unit]
Description=Things devices
After=network.target

[Mount]
What=172.16.1.1:/mnt/things
Where=/mnt/things
Type=nfs
Options=_netdev,auto

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Start a mount

Reload the daemon: systemctl daemon-reload

Start the mount: systemctl start mnt-things.mount

Validate that it all works

If everything is working you should be able to begin using the mount at /mnt/things and browsing the filesystem. You can also check the status of the mount using the following: systemctl status mnt-things.mount

> systemctl status mnt-things.mount 
‚óŹ mnt-things.mount - /mnt/things
   Loaded: loaded
   Active: active (mounted) since Sun 2017-05-21 20:56:44 CDT; 22h ago
    Where: /mnt/things
     What: 172.16.1.1:/mnt/things

May 21 20:56:44 carterhousekodi systemd[1]: Mounting Things devices...

You'll notice that I omitted the directory creation command (mkdir -p /mnt/things) for the mount point on the client node, this was intentional. There's no need to create the path when mounting filesystems using systemd, if the Where path defined in the mount unit file does not exist systemd will create it Automagically.