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NFS (Network File System) is one of two of the most successful file protocols in the history of computing. From the 1980s with NFSv2 through the widely deployed NFSv3 in the 1990s, and now with today’s NFS4.1 standard – and if you don’t know about NFSv4.1 and pNFS (parallel NFS), you should – the protocol has been developed to …


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  1. bigphil9009

    Server-Side Copy

    Is this just a fancy new name for FXP?

    1. deive

      Re: Server-Side Copy

      or SCP...

      1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

        Re: Re: Server-Side Copy

        Yes, if you are able to make one NFS server talk directly do another, without using a client computer. But I think that if you use SCP with two remote locations, the data still travels through your local machine, in-and-out.

        1. P. Lee

          Re: Re: Re: Server-Side Copy

          Yep. I heard of a db admin on one end of a wan link trying to move 500gb between two hosts at the other end of a 10mb link.


    2. Alex McDonald 1

      Re: Server-Side Copy

      Unlike FXP it's secure. The client has to inform both the source and target of its security credentials, and that the source will be contacted by a specific target.

  2. AndrueC Silver badge
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    It's a pity it causes so much grief for Windows.

    1. Alex McDonald 1

      As author of this article...

      There's a shedload of work taking place in Windows, and there's a fully fledged open source client available right now; download it from here

      1. AndrueC Silver badge

        Re: As author of this article...

        Yeah but what about a server? The one that comes with Win2k8 seems to have a lot of issues. We just got a new xIX box and after half a day last week it /still/ can't connect to our main repository. Admittedly it was a Friday afternoon and we've had to move off to other things now but it's a bit crappy when you waste half a day trying to get one computer to access resources on another computer. I thought that kind of thing went out in the 90s :-/

        1. Alex McDonald 1

          Re: Re: As author of this article...

          Buy a decent NFS box...

    2. Mr Atoz

      Have no fear.....

      Soon Windows will be running a linux kernel.

      1. Euripides Pants

        Re: Have no fear.....

        Will MS call it Lindows?

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