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What is the difference between NFS and Samba?

Asked by S. Barnes on Jun 25, 2019

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F. Daniel

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F. Daniel
Content Optimization Executive, Diploma in Journalism, California

Answered on Jul 11, 2019

Network File System or NFS is a protocol established by Sun Microsystems. It allows an operator on a computer to access files that are sent across a network, comparable to the way one accesses local storage. It is most common in systems with the same composition to the UNIX systems. However, it is also readily available for many other systems, such as Open VMS, Microsoft Windows, Novell Netware, and IBMAs/400. Samba is a reimplementation of SMB/CIFS networking protocol. Samba runs most logically on a system with abilities, not unlike those of the UNIX systems. It comes standard with practically every distribution of LINUX and is used as a primary system service on all other UNIX based systems. NFS has four versions. Samba has even more than that.

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