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Date:      Tue, 13 Jan 2009 13:53:28 -0500
From:      Michael Copeland <michael.copeland@gmail.com>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Cc:        jhall@socket.net
Subject:   Re: NFS or an alternative?
Message-ID:  <496CE328.5010200@gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <52EE2606-11D3-42E8-BE4C-E287285330CC@mac.com>
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Chuck Swiger wrote:
> On Jan 12, 2009, at 9:56 PM, Jay Hall wrote:
>> I am in the process of redesigning my organization's network.  And, 
>> since we will be using mostly Macintosh OS X clients, I am 
>> considering using NFS.  However, I will need the ability to perform 
>> user/group authentication since users may not always log in from the 
>> same PC.
>>
>> Essentially, each user has a home directory which only they, and 
>> possibly their secretary, needs to have access to.  And, we have 
>> directories which groups of people need access to.
>
> Given the above requirements, Samba/CIFS is probably a better match 
> for what you are doing that NFS would be.
you could try webdav. apple's "iDisk". i have used this on our corporate 
network for a while now, and allows mounting from any workstation.
>
>> From the reading I have done this evening, my understanding is NFSv4 
>> will meet all of these needs.  Is this correct?  And, is there a 
>> better way to accomplish this?
>
> Note that Apple only ships NFSv3-aware software, and I'm not sure 
> whether FreeBSD supports NFSv4 yet either.  There appears to be 
> external work here:
>
>   http://snowhite.cis.uoguelph.ca/nfsv4/
>   http://www.citi.umich.edu/projects/nfsv4/
>
> ...which you might look into.
>
> Regards,



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