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NFS (Network File System)
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NFS is a client/server distributed file service that provides transparent file-sharing network environments. NFS was originally designed by a small team at Sun Microsystems in the 1980s, but it is now an open Internet protocol. It was defined by RFC 1094 (version 2) and updated with RFC 1813 (version 3) in 1995. NFS is now a set of X/Open specifications (defined as X/Open90 and X/Open91). The AFS (Andrew File System) is a version of NFS.
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The following RFCs describe NFS. Also refer to the IETF Network File System Version 4 (nfsv4) Working Group, which is advancing the NFS technology.
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