NFS Server and MS Windows

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Tue Jun 20 00:22:58 UTC 2006

On Jun 19, 2006, at 3:38 PM, FBSD_UG wrote:

> On 19 jun 2006, at 22:17, DSA - JCR wrote:
>> Must I install Samba for that? or anything in the MS Windows boxes?
>> I thougth that Windows understand NFS but seems to be not.

Windows doesn't understand NFS; this is almost purely a Unix  
creation. I suggest installing Samba if you have a large number of  
machines (mostly that you do not control), which need access to the  
fileserver or for clients that aren't incredibly computer-savvy since  
you won't need to provide many more instructions than what's already  
available for installing the software and configuring/mounting  
shares. Plus, there are many tie-ins for kerberos, etc so you won't  
have to deal with setting up or working around a kludgy  
authentication system (sort of an issue with SFU as mentioned below).

> This might come in handy too:

That is a good solution, but you don't want to have to require more  
than 10+ machines to have this installing since users will start  
griping and this may create more of a headache for you than it's worth.


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