Network File Systems, needed for accessing everything from low end storage to Windows and Mac servers to high end NAS, continue to evolve. Despite celebrating their 30th anniversaries this year, NFS and SMB, the two dominant network protocols used to access network storage, continue to evolve with the release of exciting new features. SMB3 and NFSv4.2 bring new capabilities, improved security and better performance to Linux. Samba, the popular Linux file server, also includes improved Active Directory support and is an excellent authentication server, not just a file and print server.
This presentation will discuss some of the recent changes in network file system support in Linux including enhanced CIFS/SMB2/SMB3 support in the kernel client and Samba server, and also new developments in the NFS client and server. It will also discuss work on new protocol features for improved performance, clustering scalability, reliability and availability.