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Linux CLI tool for Isilon OneFS SmartQuota reporting

What is iquota?

iquota is a command line tool and associated server application for reporting quotas from Isilon nfs mounts using the OneFS API. Isilon is a scale out NAS platform by EMC and when used in a Linux environment lacks adequate CLI tools for reporting quotas from client mounts. For example, in an HPC environment where Isilon is mounted via nfs on a front end machine running Linux, users need a way to check and report on their quotas. This project aims to provide a tool very similar to the native quota command in Linux but for Isilon nfs mounts. This post sums up essentially what this project aims to provide.

The following diagram shows the basic architecture of iquota:


Linux clients mount Isilon /ifs over nfs. Users obtain kerberos credentials via knit and run the iquota client command which connects to the iquota-server (proxy) over HTTPS (using GSSAPI/SPNEGO for auth). The iquota-proxy server validates the users kerberos credentials and requests quota information using the OneFS API. The iquota-server connects to the OneFS API using a system account which has read-only access to quota information using OneFS RBAC (role based access control).


  • User/Group quota reporting from command line
  • Kerberos based authentication
  • Caching via redis


  • Isilon OneFS API (v7.2.1)
  • Linux
  • Kerberos
  • sssd-ifp (SSSD InfoPipe responder)

Install and configure iquota-server proxy

Note these docs are for CentOS 7.x. May need adjusting depending on your flavor of Linux

Download the RPM release here:

$ rpm -Uvh iquota-server-0.x.x-x.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm

Create user account for accessing OneFS API

Create a role in OneFS that allows read-only access to quota information. For example:

# isi auth roles create --name=roQuotaUser --description='Readonly quota access'
# isi auth roles modify --add-priv-ro=ISI_PRIV_QUOTA --role=roQuotaUser

Create a system user/pass account and add this user to the role. This will be the user account the iquota-server will use to connect to OneFS API.

Setup Kerberos HTTP keytab

The iquota-server uses Kerberos authentication. You'll need to create a HTTP service keytab file. For example:

kadmin: addprinc -randkey HTTP/

If using FreeIPA you can run:

$ ipa service-add HTTP/
$ ipa-getkeytab -s -p HTTP/ -k http.keytab

Configure sssd

iquota-server uses sssd-ifp (SSSD InfoPipe responder) over DBUS to fetch the unix groups for a given user. For more information on sssd-ifp see here.

Ensure the sssd-dbus package is installed:

# yum install sssd-dbus

Configure sssd-ifp. Add the following lines to /etc/sssd/sssd.conf:

services = nss, sudo, pam, ssh, ifp

allowed_uids = iquota, root

Restart sssd to make the changes take effect:

# systemctl restart sssd

You can test to ensure sssd-ifp is configured properly by running the following command. The array of unix groups for the user should be displayed:

# dbus-send --print-reply --system \
  --dest=org.freedesktop.sssd.infopipe \
  /org/freedesktop/sssd/infopipe \
  org.freedesktop.sssd.infopipe.GetUserGroups \

   array [
      string "physics"
      string "compsci"
      string "users"

Configure iquota.yaml

Edit iquota configuration file. Add host, port, user/pass for OneFS API, path to http keytab:

$ vim /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml
onefs_host: "localhost"
onefs_port: 8080
onefs_user: "user"
onefs_pass: "pass"
keytab: "/path/to/http.keytab"
[ edit to taste ]

It's highly recommended to run iquota-server using HTTPS. You'll need an SSL cert/private_key either using FreeIPA's PKI, self-signed, or from a commercial certificate authority. Creating SSL certs is outside the scope of this document. You can also run iquota-server behind haproxy or Apache/Nginx.

Copy your SSL cert/private_key to the following directories and set correct paths in /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml. The iquota-server binary will run as non-root user (iquota) so need to ensure file perms are set correctly:

$ mkdir /etc/iquota/{cert,private}
$ cp my.crt /etc/iquota/cert/my.crt
$ cp my.key /etc/iquota/private/my.key
$ chmod 640 /etc/iquota/private/my.key
$ chgrp iquota /etc/iquota/private/my.key

Start iquota-server service

Start iquota-server service:

$ systemctl restart iquota-server
$ systemctl enable iquota-server

To view iquota-server system logs run:

$ journalctl -u iquota-server

Install iquota on all client machines mounting /ifs over nfs

On all client machines mounting Isilon /ifs over nfs install the iquota client. Download the RPM release here:

$ rpm -Uvh iquota-0.x.x-x.el7.centos.x86_64.rpm

Edit iquota configuration file. Add URL for iquota-server:

$ vim /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml
iquota_url: ""
[ edit to taste ]


Check user/group quotas:

$ kinit walterwhite
Password for walterwhite@REALM:
$ iquota -u -g
User quotas:
Filesystem  user               files      used     limit    grace
            (default)                             2.0 GB   1 week
            walterwhite           34    370 kB    2.0 GB   1 week

Group quotas:
Filesystem  group              files      used     limit    grace
            (default)                             520 GB   1 week
            hermanos               4    699 MB    520 GB   1 week

Configure caching

iquota-server can optionally be configured to cache results for a given time period. This helps reduce the load on the OneFS API and provide better iquota performance. To enable caching first install redis then update /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml.

Install Redis (install from EPEL):

$ yum install
$ yum install redis
$ systemctl restart redis
$ systecmtl enable redis

Edit /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml and restart:

$ vi /etc/iquota/iquota.yaml
enable_caching: true

$ systecmtl restart iquota-server


  1. OneFS API Docs -


iquota is released under a BSD style license. See the LICENSE file.


Linux CLI tools for Isilon OneFS SmartQuota reporting





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