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Absolute FreeBSD, 2nd Edition by Michael W. Lucas

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Network Filesystems

A network filesystem allows accessing files on another machine over the network. The two most commonly used network filesystems are the original Network File System (NFS) implemented in Unix, and the CIFS (aka SMB) filesystem popularized by Microsoft Windows. We'll touch on both of these, but start with the old Unix standard of NFS.

Sharing directories and partitions between Unix-like systems is perhaps the simplest Network File System you'll find. FreeBSD supports the Unix standard Network File System out of the box. Configuring NFS intimidates many junior system administrators, but after setting up a file share or two you'll find it not so terribly difficult.

Each NFS connection uses a client-server model. One computer is the ...

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