A file server provides storage centrally in a network.
The goals are to rule:
- Improved cooperation
- No document versions
- Simplified file sharing
- File backups are easier to perform
Objectives of a file server:
The goal of a data server is in there to provide each user on the network simple and fast data access. This can allow itself to many variations and systems.
Here is a short list of possibilities:
- File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
- Web server (Intranet)
- Net File System (NFS)
Now we could install an FTP or Web server. But this is very complicated and requires some knowledge. Therefore, we want to use the NFS version, it will appear as a normal drive in My Computer and can as a normal local hard disk when possible.
One must however distinguish among SMB and NFS, the development is so far advanced that there are SMB and NFS for Linux, Unix and Windows or available.