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Lesson 1

Introduction to Network File Services with NFS

Computers show their power when they are networked. What one machine can do, a networked collection can do better. Sharing files is one example. Centralized, networked files give an unlimited number of users access to the same data from anywhere in the world.
NFS (Network File System) is Linux's file-sharing muscle. With NFS, users can access files and directories from the next cubicle or the next continent. Without physical boundaries, work becomes easier and more productive.
However, improperly configured NFS systems can spell disaster, because your files could fall into the wrong hands. In this module, you will learn what NFS is, how to mitigate the risks of using it, how to set it up on Red Hat Linux, and how to use it to maximize your machine's productivity.
In the next lesson, you will learn about the Network File System.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the Network File System
  2. Explain the relationship between remote procedure calls and NFS
  3. Configure a NFS server
  4. List potential NFS security problems and resolutions
  5. Start and stop NFS
  6. Display currently mounted NFS filesystems
  7. Mount remote filesystems automatically with automounter
  8. List common NFS problems and resolutions