Chapter 12. Network File Service (NFS)

The Network File System (NFS) is a popular and widely used protocol for file sharing. Many organizations use NFS to serve up users' home directories. This allows users to roam about and use more than one machine; thus, each user will have access to his or her home directory.


As mentioned previously, NFS is a protocol for the sharing of files. NFS was originally developed and released in 1985 by Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems advertises an installed base of eight million NFS systems. NFS has come to be a very robust solution and runs on many platforms.

The growth of NFS in the PC arena the last few years is attributed to the growth of Linux and other PC-based operating systems. NFS is also enjoying ...

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