11.0 Copying and Sharing Files
If using multiple operating systems (OS) simultaneously, it is often
necessary to exchange files among them. Different systems may reside on
different partitions on the same machine or on different machines across
your network. There are various approaches to file exchange with
different basic instructions and possible pitfalls.
WARNING: Scenarios for Private Home Networks Only
Do not use the following scenarios in networks other than your own
private and trusted home network that is protected by a firewall.
Implementing high security measures for the configurations featured in
the following sections is beyond the scope of this document.
Exchanging data may encompass either one of the following tasks:
To copy your data means to transfer your data from one system to the
other. This results in identical objects on both the source and the
Synchronizing data is a special way to copy data. If you change a file
on one computer, it is automatically changed on the other computer
after the synchronization. For example, think of a laptop that contains
your modified files and you want to have the same contents on your
Sharing your files means establishing a client/server relationship. The
server provides files that can be accessed by the client. When changing
a file, you modify it on the server, not locally on the client. File
servers typically serve a large number of clients simultaneously.