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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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NFS Terminology

NFS, which is the Solaris distributed network file system, is the industry's most widely available file-sharing system and has been adopted and shipped by more than 300 vendors. The terms in this discussion are commonly used to describe how resources are shared with NFS and how these terms relate to the automounter.

Server and Client Systems

The terms server and client describe the roles that systems perform when they interact to share resources. These terms are part of general distributed computing terminology and are not specific to either NFS or the automounter.

  • A server is a system that shares (exports) file systems so that they are accessible to other systems on the network.

  • A client is a system that accesses some or all of ...

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