NFS has a UNIX-style file system semantics (permissions and single root), and almost every UNIX vendor supports NFS. NFS exports directories to other systems. Exporting a directory is analogous to sharing a folder. Mounting an NFS volume is analogous to mapping a drive. To show how similar all three network file systems are, Table 13-1 lists common actions:

Table 13-1. Network file terminology and methods
ACTION Windows 2000/CIFS Samba NFS
Join a network directory to a local system. Map a drive with the net command or Explorer. Mount a volume with the mount command. Mount a volume with the mount command or use linuxconf
Publish a directory to the network. Share a folder with the net command or Explorer. Share a folder by editing the smb.conf ...

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