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1 Introduction

The Distributed File System (DFS): Namespace Referral Protocol allows file system clients to resolve names from a namespace distributed across many servers and geographies into local names on specific file servers. After names have been resolved, clients can directly access files on the identified servers by using file system protocols such as the Server Message Block (SMB) Version 1.0 Protocol (as specified in [MS-SMB]), Network File System (NFS) (for more information, see [RFC3530]), and NetWare Core Protocol (NCP) (for more information, see [NOVELL]).

Sections 1.8, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative and can contain the terms MAY, SHOULD, MUST, MUST NOT, and SHOULD NOT as defined in RFC 2119. Sections 1.5 and 1.9 are also normative but cannot contain those terms. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.

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