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  • The first step when implementing file-sharing services is to plan out the shared services needed.
  • A share point is any folder, drive, or partition that you make available to network clients. Share points are created and configured in Server Admin. A share point can be shared over AFP, SMB, NFS, or FTP. Access control lists can be used to set very flexible restrictions on share points and folders.
  • Mac clients normally access share points over AFP, which is configured in Server Admin.
  • Windows service allows share points to be accessed by Windows clients over SMB.
  • NFS provides UNIX systems with access to share points. Unlike AFP and SMB, NFS relies upon the IP address of the computer for authentication (unless you’re using Kerberos).
  • Mac OS X Server provides FTP access for share points as well. Mac OS X Server’s FTP service provides the additional feature of automatically encoding, archiving, or compressing a file on the fly, based upon the extension that the client adds to the filename.
  • Automount share points and network home folders also can be configured on Mac OS X Server.
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