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Managing Network File Systems in Oracle Solaris 11.1     Oracle Solaris 11.1 Information Library
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1.  Managing Network File Systems (Overview)

What's New With the NFS Service

Significant Changes in This Release

Significant Changes in Earlier Releases

NFS Terminology

NFS Servers and Clients

NFS File Systems

About the NFS Service

About Autofs

Features of the NFS Service

NFS Version 2 Protocol

NFS Version 3 Protocol

NFS Version 4 Protocol

Controlling NFS Versions

NFS ACL Support



Overview of NFS Over RDMA

Network Lock Manager and NFS

NFS Large File Support

NFS Client Failover

Kerberos Support for the NFS Service

WebNFS Support

RPCSEC_GSS Security Flavor

Solaris 7 Extensions for NFS Mounting

Security Negotiation for the WebNFS Service

NFS Server Logging

Autofs Features

2.  Network File System Administration (Tasks)

3.  Accessing Network File Systems (Reference)


About the NFS Service

The NFS service enables computers of different architectures that run different operating systems to share file systems across a network. NFS support has been implemented on many platforms that range from the MS-DOS to the VMS operating systems.

The NFS environment can be implemented on different operating systems because NFS defines an abstract model of a file system, rather than an architectural specification. Each operating system applies the NFS model to its file-system semantics. This model means that file system operations such as reading and writing function as though the operations are accessing a local file.

The NFS service has the following benefits:

The NFS service makes the physical location of the file system irrelevant to the user. You can use the NFS implementation to enable users to see all the relevant files regardless of location. Instead of placing copies of commonly used files on every system, the NFS service enables you to share the original file from the NFS server's file system. All other systems access the files across the network. Under NFS operation, remote file systems are almost indistinguishable from local file systems.