How does network attached storage (NAS) appear to machines accessing files from it? Is it visible like mounted volumes or shared folders? A NAS device is really a remote file system that can be communicated with using a protocol such as NFS or CIFS. A local file access is "redirected" to the remote file system (NAS) by using the access protocol, TCP (sometimes UDP) and IP over Ethernet.
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The client that is accessing the NAS has to mount the remote file system or establish a share. The file structures in the mounted file system will then be used like a local file system.