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For example, we have:

  • Server A with 30 Gb disk space
  • Server B with 500 Gb disk space. It has /media folder (100 Gb - it's more, than whole A server disk space)

I want to mount /media on server A. Will it be ok? If I want to mount 100 Gb folder via NFS, should I have 100 Gb free space on my server?

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One has nothing to do with the other. There's no particular reason a server should have local free space to mount NFS volumes.

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So, it will work fine? – Antonio Nov 4 '13 at 6:45
Yes, it will. Why wouldn't it? – David Schwartz Nov 4 '13 at 8:08

NFS stands for Network File System. It allows you to connect on your server A (to mount) a remote folder /media of server B. You don't copy any file from that remote location to your local storage, you just establish a network link to access this storage.

If your server A is formated, the data in /media can still be accessed on server B in /media.

If your server B is formated, the data in /media will not be accessible anymore from your server A.

The equivalent of NFS on windows is network drives.

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Definitely no issue there. You can mount B:/media at A:/somepath using NFS and there will be no issue. I have seen many terabytes mounted in a humble SunOS Sparc server.

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