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Solaris™ 9 System Administrator Exam Cram™ 2 (Exams 310-014 and 310-015) by Darrell Ambro

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The Auto File System Service

The Auto File System (AutoFS) service is a client-side service that is used to automatically mount and unmount NFS resources on demand. This simplifies keeping track of resources manually and can reduce network traffic. In addition, AutoFS eliminates the need to add NFS mounts in the /etc/vfstab file. This allows faster booting and shutdown, and users need not know the root password to mount/unmount NFS resources.

The automount(1M) command runs when the system is booted (system run level 2) and initializes the AutoFS service. In addition, the automountd(1M) command is started at this time. The automountd command is a daemon process that runs continuously and provides automatic mounting and unmounting.

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