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file server

a computer that makes files available to workstations on a network.
Compare server (def 7). Unabridged
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file server

(computing) the central unit of a local area network that controls its operation and provides access to separately stored data files
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file server in Technology

Hardware and software that together provide file-handling and storage functions for multiple users on a local area network. The most common choices for file server software are Sun Microsystems' Network File System for Unix and Novell Netware for IBM PC compatibles. There is also a version of NFS for PCs called PC-NFS. Storing files on a file server saves having multiple copies stored on individual computers, thus economising on disk space and also makes administrating and updating the files easier.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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