Distributed File Systems (DFS)

The NFS and SMB/CIFS network file systems discussed in earlier chapters are both venerable network file systems in the Linux/UNIX world. They both allow the sharing of file systems and other resources across the network. This chapter covers another class of network file systems that solves 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 the file system ...

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