[OpenAFS] OpenAFS guide

Jason Edgecombe jason@rampaginggeek.com
Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:36:44 -0500

It may help to give a better example. I work at a university, and each 
of the students in our college (a sub-unit of the university) has a home 
directory in AFS. All user files are stored there, and we do not sync. 
All backups are handled using the AFS backup software, to back up to 
tape. Most files are stored in the home directly and are accessed 
directly out of AFS.The AFS cache makes accessing the files very quick.

Our users access their files from Windows and Linux using native OpenAFS 
clients. This allows our users to sit down at any of our 1000+ 
workstations and access their files.

On 12/17/2011 10:46 AM, Jeffrey Altman wrote:
> AFS is not a copy/sync technology.  It is a location-independent
> distributed file system.  The home directory if stored in AFS can be
> accessed from multiple devices simultaneously.  Those devices can be big
> servers, client desktops, or even mobile devices.   Your File System
> will begin offering iOS and Android clients in the not to distant future.
> Jeffrey Altman
> On 12/17/2011 10:06 AM, Ryan Nix wrote:
>> Definitely not a requirement.  Basically, the objective is to use AFS
>> as an automatic backup of the users home directory.
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 16, 2011, at 11:24 PM, Jason Edgecombe<jason@rampaginggeek.com>  wrote:
>>> On 12/15/2011 11:22 PM, Ryan Nix wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>> Is there any chance that someone could post a step-by-step guide on
>>>> something like Howtoforge.com?
>>>> I'm really intrigued by AFS and would like to use it, but it seems like it
>>>> might be a lot of work to get going and in the end AFS might not be the
>>>> right tool for the job.
>>>> Basically, I would love to implement something similar to Dropbox but would
>>>> sync a user's entire home directory.  We're mostly a Mac environment but
>>>> Apple's own Portable Home Directory solution is kind of lousy.
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>> Ryan
>>> Is a web interface a must-have requirement?
>>> I suggest just having home directories in AFS and avoid syncing. Is that acceptable?
>>> Jason
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