LDAP/Kerberos user management

Nicolas.Williams@ubsw.com Nicolas.Williams at ubsw.com
Wed Sep 4 15:57:56 EDT 2002

On Tuesday, August 27, 2002, Russ Allbery wrote:
> The latter two features make it a true enterprise file 
> system, which NFS
> is not.  NFS is a workgroup file system.  It simply doesn't scale to
> multiple terabytes of data, dozens of servers, and thousands 
> of clients in
> a single homogenous file system.

Well, yes and no. For some environments a few large file servers and
associated autofs maps and what not are much better than a fabric of
little file servers scattered all over and accessible through a
single network root - it certainly does scale.

Besides, Secure NFS does work, though I can't compare it to AFS as
I've not used the latter. And NFSv4 is almost all I could want from
a networked file system (borrowing ideas from AFS, NQNFS, etc...).
Unfortunately, full NFSv4 implementations (including support for
statefulness [leases], proxying and what not) are either not
available or not ready for production use (I hope I'm wrong about

> -- 
> Russ Allbery (rra at stanford.edu)             



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