"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
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
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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