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Chapter 11. Creating and Managing Shared... > Exploring the Network File System

11.5. Exploring the Network File System

We have covered DFS, so you now know how great it can be to point to one logical location to find files and folders. Now you get to talk to the animals—or share files with all those other knockoff operating systems. Just kidding, we want to be able to share files across the whole organization, and if we are using another OS, Server 2008 offers us a tool to do just that. We will be getting a bit technical in this section, and we want you to know that you may not need to do this; however, if you do, you will want these steps. You must select NFS when adding the File Services role to your server. You had to do this for the DFS section just completed. If you did not select NFS, simply go back into your File Services role and add NFS by selecting the appropriate box. So, we'll begin by discussing what NFS is and what Server 2008 can provide you. You will also need to add the File Services role as well, but you can wait for those directions later in this section.

Network File System provides a file-sharing solution for organizations that have a mixed Windows and Unix/Linux environment. NFS gives you the ability to share files across these different platforms when you are running Server 2008. NFS Services include the following improvements in Server 2008:


  

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