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SysAdmin: NFS: Part I, The Protocol

Sep 09, 2001, 19:57 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron McCarty)
"The Network File Server (NFS) protocol provides an open standard for giving clients remote access to file systems. NFS allows administrators to create centralized file systems that ease management tasks such as backups and virus checking. Large, centralized drivers are easier to maintain than many distributed small drives.

Besides lending itself to centralized storage, NFS has also proven itself useful in other applications such as diskless and thin clients, network clustering, and cross-platform interoperability applications.

A better understanding of the protocol and implementation considerations will ensure smooth operations of remote file access via NFS. This two-part article covers NFS -- the first part covers the protocol and design considerations, and the second part covers using NFS on Solaris and Linux."

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