Network File System (NFS) is a protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems in 1984 and defined in RFCs 1094, 1813, and 3530 (obsoletes 3010), as a distributed file system which allows a computer to access files over a network as easily as if they were on its local disks. The CS department uses NFS to share files to the public machines and servers for user home directories, web space, and project space.
Due to security considerations inherent in NFS, we cannot allow users to mount home directories or project space over NFS from their personal or research machines. If you need access to your files from your workstation or laptop you can use smbfs to mount the file directory. For more information on smb and smbfs please read the Samba section located in the cs guide.