Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Jun 2006 15:36 UTC, submitted by user123
NetBSD "Network attached storage has been known to Unix users for a very long time with NFS. NFS is reliable, performs well on the performance front, but it is infamous for its security. The biggest problem with NFS is that the client is responsible for controlling user file access. The NFS server just accepts file system operations on behalf of a given UID and enforces nearly no control. NFS require you trust your clients, something that may not be adequate. Andrew File System is an alternative network file system. In this interview, I ask Ty Sarna about his experience with AFS. Ty Sarna has been an AFS user since 1992 and is a NetBSD developer since 1998."
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by broken_symlink on Thu 15th Jun 2006 18:37 UTC
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can you setup diskless systems using afs? i have yet to find a file system that you can do that with other than nfs.

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by h_t_r on Thu 15th Jun 2006 19:48 in reply to "but..."
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root_fs using AFS? no.

AFS is powerfull, but not for all uses.. a great part of it features is useless to the common geek/sysadmin..

NFS is integrated in every *nix and do almost everything.. rootfs, fast file transfer, coffee...

NFSv4 is _the_ network filesystem: secure, faster, reliable... maybe perfect.

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by EmmEff on Thu 15th Jun 2006 20:18 in reply to "RE: but..."
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NFSv4 will be _the_ network filesystem as soon as everybody supports it and LIPKEY is implemented across the board (eliminating the need for the Kerberos security infrastructure).

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by koen on Fri 16th Jun 2006 01:36 in reply to "but..."
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yes, i have an embedded dhcp+http/ftp-proxy which pxeboots a ramdiskkernel that sets up ipsec+afs and fetches userland from compact flash, solely for putting logs and some configuration files which i need to change without any hassle, on a centralized afs cache. it's sheer convenience ;)

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