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As there are a variety of tasks you may need to achieve, there are many different ways to connect to your storage system. Each operating system has differing methods for utilizing these protocols, and different operating systems will perform differently with each protocol. For the purpose of this article we are going to focus on two methods of connecting to storage; LUN’s and File Shares. In my examples I will be using Open Filer as the storage device, then various Linux and Windows editions to connect to the storage system.
In this article I will be covering only the client side of things. You can see my article on Configuring Open Filer if you wish to quickly setup the server side of any of the protocols I have outlined in this article. In the future I will post more articles detailing how to create shares without using a pre-packaged solutions like Open Filer.