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Network file system (NFS)

The NFS protocol is a simple protocol that only allows access to files over an Ethernet network. NFS is most frequently used within Linux or Unix environments, but is also available for other platforms such as Windows (Windows Services for Unix/NFS Client or Server) or Mac OS.

Initially, NFS was based on UDP for performance reasons. Starting with Version 3, NFS added support for networks based on TCP/IP.

NFS consists of at least two main parts: a server and one or more clients. The client remotely accesses the data that is stored on the server machin...


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Network file system (NFS)