RFC 3010 (rfc3010) - Page 1 of 212

NFS version 4 Protocol

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Network Working Group                                         S. Shepler
Request for Comments: 3010                                  B. Callaghan
Obsoletes: 1813, 1094                                        D. Robinson
Category: Standards Track                                     R. Thurlow
                                                   Sun Microsystems Inc.
                                                                C. Beame
                                                        Hummingbird Ltd.
                                                               M. Eisler
                                                           Zambeel, Inc.
                                                               D. Noveck
                                                 Network Appliance, Inc.
                                                           December 2000

                         NFS version 4 Protocol

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000).  All Rights Reserved.


   NFS (Network File System) version 4 is a distributed file system
   protocol which owes heritage to NFS protocol versions 2 [RFC 1094] and
   3 [RFC 1813].  Unlike earlier versions, the NFS version 4 protocol
   supports traditional file access while integrating support for file
   locking and the mount protocol.  In addition, support for strong
   security (and its negotiation), compound operations, client caching,
   and internationalization have been added.  Of course, attention has
   been applied to making NFS version 4 operate well in an Internet

Key Words

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

Shepler, et al.             Standards Track