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I have two machines on a local network (Ubuntu 11.04). I created an NFS server on machine A. The other machine B receives its IP through DHCP.

I want to know if IP is the only way to allow or deny hosts from accessing the NFS share. Is there some way I can restrict access to the NFS share based on a password?

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Without involving an authentication method like Kerberos, NFS on its own has very little in the way of access control - pretty much just restriction by IP address as you noted.

More info here if you want to look at the Kerberos option:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NFSv4Howto

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