6.1. File Servers

File servers are commonly used in corporate environments. Simply put, file servers are used to hold files that can be shared among users in the environment.

You can create home folders that allow users to store their data centrally on a server instead of on a local system. With home folders, users have access to their data no matter where they log on in the network. One of the great benefits of having users store their data on a central file server is the ability to do backups. It's relatively easy to do backups on a single file server, but if you need to back up the data on 50 individual user systems, you're going to have some problems.

Shares allow users to store and access data on a server. On the server itself, the files ...

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