NFS is useful when you want to have a central location for a group of files or you want to make file storage and software upgrading
easier and more robust. For example, you know how to configure clients to use an NFS volume for their
/home directory structure.
This is certainly not the limit of NFS's capabilities; you can also organize NFS volume sharing to centralize information for many purposes.
mount options allow you to configure NFS's timeout parameter and make your NFS communications efficient by setting
the read and write block sizes.
You also learned about the RPC protocol that facilitates communications for NFS and other network protocols. Remote Procedure Calls also
provide a layer of transparency, hiding the source of remote information from user applications.
Having completed this module, you should now be able to:
Describe the NFS
Define and explain RPC
mount command to access NFS shares
/etc/fstab to automate the NFS client-side mounts
The following terms were introduced in this module:
Mount: To create a link from a directory name in the root hierarchy to a source of information. Sources of information include
hard-disks, CD-ROMs, floppies, and drives on networked computers.
Network File System: A protocol that uses remote procedure calls to mount remote drives to the local filesystem.
Remote Procedure Call: A protocol through which applications receive information over a network without explicit knowledge of
The next module covers system processes.
Before moving on to the next module, click the Quiz link below to test your understanding of NFS.
Network File System - Quiz