LinuxFocus: NFS - Network File System
Dec 09, 2000, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"NFS easily allows to share data between several computers. For
example, a user logged on a network won't need to log on a specific
computer: via NFS, he will access his home directory (we say
exported) on the machine he is working at."
"But NFS isn't a very efficient protocol and thus very slow over
a modem connection. It's designed for a local network and is very
flexible. It offers a lot of possibilities for users and
"You'll have to administrate this service with care. Allowing
everybody to write data into your net would not really be good
policy ;-) Some essential actions may reduce risks."
"This article starts with a very short introduction on file
systems. Then we will see the NFS protocol. After that will go into
the less theoretical part and do a NFS server and a client
installation. We will also look at the minimum security precautions
you should take. Then with an example, we will illustrate how to
combine NFS, NIS and autofs."