When most folks think about the common ways that people network and share files, they’re thinking of file and print services. Apart from things like Gnutella and other peer-to-peer file sharing services, this is the typical way users share a hard drive folder with other users, allowing them to map a drive letter to that folder and even modify files if the permissions allow.
File and print networking offers a simple basic file transfer service. Unlike the peer-to-peer programs, normal file and print usually offers
A reasonably complete security model, usually tied to some sort of directory service
File “seeking,” which allows programs to access slices of a file (called records) rather than an entire file
File and record ...