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NFS Illustrated by Brent Callaghan

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Chapter 14. PC NFS

The implementation of NFS by PC clients is an interesting case study in the success of NFS as a cross-platform protocol. The PC clients referred to in this chapter are assumed to be using DOS-derived operating systems: Windows 95, Windows NT, and OS/2. DOS and UNIX file accesses share many common features. Both organize their files and directories into one or more hierarchical trees where any file or directory in the tree can be referenced by a pathname. Files are generally considered to be uninterpreted byte sequences that support byte-range file locking. However, there are some significant differences in file naming and attributes that need to be resolved.

PC clients also make use of the PCNFSD protocol to provide authentication ...

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