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Article ID: 324089 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 2.1

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SUMMARY

UNIX uses the Network File System (NFS) protocol to share files and folders on the network. You can use the Server for NFS component in Windows Services for UNIX to share Windows file system resources to UNIX and Linux clients by using NFS, which includes full support for NFS v3. You can use Server for NFS to make interoperability and migration in a mixed environment easier. If you are using Windows, you can use either Windows Explorer or the Windows Nfsshare.exe command-line utility to share files to UNIX clients.

Share Windows Folders by Using Server for NFS

You can use Server for NFS to make Windows resources available to UNIX and Linux clients by using the NFS protocol. You can use either Windows Explorer or the Nfsshare.exe command line utility to share the folder.

To share a folder by using Nfsshare.exe:
  1. Log on to the Windows-based server by using an administrative level account.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  3. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to share a folder to NFS clients and to allow anonymous access:

        nfsshare -o anon=yes share_name=drive:path
  4. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to delete an NFS share:

        nfsshare share_name /delete
  5. Type: nfsshare /?, and then press ENTER to display the parameters that you can use with Nfsshare.
To share a folder by using Windows Explorer:
  1. Log on to the Windows-based server by using an administrative level account.
  2. Start Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Sharing.
  4. Click the NFS Sharing tab, and then click Share this folder.
  5. Configure the appropriate settings, and then click OK.NOTE: Microsoft recommends that you install at least one User Name Mapping service on your network to map UNIX and Windows user names to each other. Please view our Kb article about User Name Mapping service in our REFERENCES section.

Troubleshooting

If Server for NFS is installed on a server that is not a domain controller, you must also install the Server for NFS Authentication module on the local computer. For additional information about the Server for NFS Authentication module, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324086  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324086/EN-US/ ) HOW TO: Set Up Server for NFS


REFERENCES

For additional information about performing maintenance tasks after migrating from UNIX to Windows, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324539  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324539/EN-US/ ) How To: Perform Maintenance and Ancillary Tasks After a UNIX-to-Windows Migration

For additional information about how to install and configure the User Name Mapping service, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
324073  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324073/EN-US/ ) HOW TO: Configure User Name Mapping











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  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX 3.0 Standard Edition
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