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Take Control of OS X Server, Chapter 6: File Sharing

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This article is a pre-release chapter in the upcoming “Take Control of OS X Server,” by Charles Edge, scheduled for public release later in 2014. Apart from Chapter 1: Introducing OS X Server, and Chapter 2: Choosing Server Hardware, these chapters are available only to TidBITS members; see “Take Control of OS X Server” Streaming in TidBITS for details.


File Sharing

Despite the popularity of file sharing services like Dropbox, the most common server used on internal networks today remains the file server, a central repository that stores files for a workgroup. These stalwarts have been connecting users to their files seemingly since before time began. Whether in a home, school, or business, the impetus for for setting up a server is often a need for file sharing.

A number of protocols built into OS X Server’s File Sharing service are dedicated to serving files, including AFP, SMB, and WebDAV (the sidebar just ahead explains these File Sharing Protocols).

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