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TCP/IP Guide by Charles M. Kozierok

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NFS Architecture and Components

NFS follows the classic TCP/IP client/server model of operation. A hard disk or a directory on a storage device of a particular computer can be set up by an administrator as a shared resource. This resource can then be accessed by client computers, which mount the shared drive or directory, causing it to appear as if it were a local directory on the client machine. Some computers may act as only servers or only clients; others may be both, sharing some of their own resources and accessing resources provided by others.

Considered from the perspective of the TCP/IP protocol suite as a whole, NFS is a single protocol that resides at the application layer of the TCP/IP (DOD) model (described in Chapter 8). This TCP/IP ...

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