Speech:Summer 2011 Notes

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NFS is a protocol that allows file systems to be distributed and shared over a network. File system sharing is especially important when working with multiple users and terminals. Without NFS/LDAP, users would have to create a user name and password on each new machine they attempted to access. By utilizing NFS/LDAP, user information can be created on any client machine and then stored and accessed on the network's server. This eliminates user frustration by granting networked computers access to specific non-local information.

Required NFS software

To configure your host as an NFS client, you do not need to install additional software. All needed packages are installed by default.

NFS server software is not part of the default installation. To install the NFS server software, start YaST and select Software+Software Management. Now choose Filter+Patterns and select File Server or use the Search option and search for NFS Server. Confirm the installation of the packages to finish the installation process.