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NFS Illustrated by Brent Callaghan

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Chapter 16. WebNFS

This chapter describes WebNFS™, a feature that eliminates much of the overhead in connecting to an NFS server, making data on NFS servers more accessible to lightweight NFS clients like Web browsers and Java applications. Because WebNFS makes NFS server connection as easy as setting up a TCP connection to a well-known port, it is easier to configure a firewall to allow connections to Internet NFS servers. WebNFS is not a new version of the NFS protocol. It is just an enhancement to implementations of NFS versions 2 and 3 that improves the utility of NFS in the Internet realm.

16.1 Internet and NFS over TCP

While NFS is common on local area networks, it is almost unknown on the Internet. The lack of Internet use is in common ...

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