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LinuxFocus: NFS - Network File System

Dec 09, 2000, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frédéric Raynal)

"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 administrators."

"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."

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