Historically, the division between the UNIX and Windows space has also made file sharing a difficult requirement to address. In the UNIX space, NFS is the most common (though not the only) means by which data is shared on UNIX networks. In the Windows space, SMB is the most common means to access Windows-based resources.
After this lesson, you will be able to
Estimated lesson time: 10 minutes
In connecting Windows and UNIX systems for file access, you have two choices:
In practice, connecting Windows and Unix systems has required either modifying UNIX servers to support non-NFS clients or using third-party software for accessing NFS resources.
In most cases, a UNIX administrator does not have the time to load SMB on the staging server. This introduces greater complexity and security concerns to the server. To meet the requirement, you must make your Windows clients work with the UNIX server, not vice-versa.
SFU has a full NFS client available that integrates with Windows Explorer. Using SFU, Windows 2000 Professional users can access NFS resources just like they access Windows and Novell resources. In addition, users can map drive letters to NFS volumes and access NFS resources through My Network Places.
Once SFU is installed, Client for NFS is installed and configured using the default options. For most basic installations, the default options should be sufficient. However, if you need to make changes to the configuration, use the MMC locally or from a management workstation.
Follow these steps to use MMC to configure Client for NFS:
In addition to simple NFS connectivity, SFU provides options for enhanced interoperability with complex NFS/NIS environments. Although they are beyond the scope of this chapter, you may want to be aware of the following options:
The NFS client is automatically enabled when you install SFU. Users can connect to a UNIX share through the Windows Explorer.
Follow these steps to connect using Windows Explorer:
In this lesson, you learned that you first determine how you want to configure file sharing. Since the default configuration is part of the SFU installation process, you may not have to change anything. To make any necessary changes use the MMC. Accessing shares is accomplished by using Windows Explorer.