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Storage Networking Fundamentals: An Introduction to Storage Devices, Subsystems, Applications, Management, and Filing Systems by Marc Farley

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NFS and CIFS Protocols for Network File Systems

The differences between UNIX and Windows clients and file systems resulted in different protocols being developed for network file systems. This is not so hard to understand. If the end node processes differ, the protocols to exchange data between those end processes could also be different—and they are.

The protocol developed for UNIX environments is NFS, and the protocol developed for Windows is now called Common Internet File System (CIFS).

NFS

NFS is an approved industry standard, with many companies contributing to its development in the last 20 years. That said, NFS is mostly a UNIX standard that has not been strongly supported and implemented by Microsoft in its products due to the lack of ...

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