CHAPTER 25

Distributed File Systems (DFS)

Chapters 23 and 24 discussed the NFS and Samba file systems, respectively.

Both are venerable network file systems in the Linux/UNIX world. And they both allow the sharing of file systems and other resources across a network of systems. This chapter covers another class of network file systems that aims to solve a slightly different set of problems in addition to the problems solved by traditional NFS and SMB network file systems. This class of network file systems is referred to as Distributed File Systems (DFS). DFS provides a mechanism to give you a unified view and access to file system resources located on different servers. The operative word here is “distributed,” and it essentially means that ...

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