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  • Blog Post: Proof of Concept: NFS Attributes Editor

    Proof of Concept: NFS Attributes Editor We come across a lot of people who have IdMU tools installed even though they don't use the NIS authentication. This, primarily, happens because they have NFS in their environment and with Windows Vista and later, the only way to get identities mapped is by...
  • Blog Post: Managing Client Groups - An Easier Approach

    Managing Client Groups - An Easier Approach On UNIX-based NFS servers, it's much easier to control access to the NFS shares based on host names or IP addresses. You just have to put them in the export file and it's done. It's not so difficult in Windows either - you can click on the Permission buttons...
  • Blog Post: Using DFS for Centralized Access to Multiple NFS Servers

    Using DFS for Centralized Access to Multiple NFS Servers Lately, we have seen customers who are trying to utilize DFS to publish NFS shares from a single DFS server to centralize the access for the clients. This has several benefits. It removes the problem of keeping a note of what NFS server is...
  • Blog Post: All (well, almost) about Client for NFS - Configuration and Performance

    All (well, almost) about Client for NFS - Configuration and Performance I was looking at the referrals this blog gets and I noticed that a lot of times people look for information on Client for NFS in Services for UNIX, Windows Server 2003 R2 or in Windows Vista and come to this blog, but I don't...
  • Blog Post: Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 3 (Advanced Mapping)

    Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 3 (Advanced Mapping) Simply said - when you map users and groups manually with their UNIX counterparts, it's called Advanced Mapping. From the last post on User Name Mapping, you may be aware that Simple Mapping automatically creates maps for all users and group...
  • Blog Post: Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 2 (Simple Mapping)

    Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 2 (Simple Mapping) Continuing the discussion from Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 1 - I will explain how to get Simple Mappings done in this post. To rephrase, User Name Mapping (UNM) bridges the gap between the different user identification used in Windows...
  • Blog Post: SFU hot fixes in email

    SFU hot fixes in email Like any other Microsoft hot fix, you can also receive SFU hot fixes in your inbox - http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451 All you need is the KB article number which describes the fix you need. While we are talking about it, the following is also important to note - ...
  • Blog Post: Update: Windows Server 2003 SP2 breaks SFU

    This post discussed about a problem with SFU 3.5 Interix and Password Synchronization components which break when you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. It also lists steps to fix it manually using files from another hot fix. Microsoft has released a new hot fix - KB936529 - which fixes this...
  • Blog Post: Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 1

    Configuring User Name Mapping - Part 1 On this page , I have put some information about how you can configure User Name Mapping. It doesn't have the complete step-by-step kind of touch to it since that article was all about getting Server for NFS to work. To do justice to User Name Mapping, I am...
  • Blog Post: "Network Error 53", "The data area passed to a system call is too small" or "Unknown Error"

    "Network Error 53", "The data area passed to a system call is too small" or "Unknown Error" Client for NFS included with Windows Server 2003 R2 returns different errors when trying to access NFS shares on UNIX-based NFS servers. The exact error message may depend on your environment - you might get...
  • Blog Post: How User Name Mapping works?

    How User Name Mapping works? User Name Mapping is the core NFS authentication component in Services for UNIX, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Vista. It bridges the gap presented by difference in user identification methods used by Windows and UNIX systems. It plays equally important role for Server...
  • Blog Post: UNIX Interoperability and Windows Vista

    UNIX Interoperability and Windows Vista There was SFU 3.5 Interoperability components. It got ported to Windows Server 2003 R2. And now we have similar interop components packaged with Windows Vista too. Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise editions include the Client for NFS and Subsystem for UNIX...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP2 breaks SFU

    Windows Server 2003 SP2 breaks SFU We have already seen too many people reporting this - Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 installation breaks two functionalities in Services for UNIX 3.5 installations - Interix subsystem and Password Synchronization. The root cause lies with SP2 unintentionally...
  • Blog Post: Set up Server for NFS in Windows Server 2003 R2

    Set up Server for NFS in Windows Server 2003 R2 In this post, I will talk about configuring Microsoft Services for Network File System, mainly Server for NFS and User Name Mapping , in Windows Server 2003 R2. You can follow the same steps for Services for UNIX (SFU) 3.5 except only a few of them because...
  • Blog Post: GID on NTFS File System

    GID on NTFS File System Can you set group on a file or folder on NTFS file system? - No, ugh... Yes. This question puzzled me for a long time but since it never really made it to my top priorities, I didn't look up for information on this. I thought of exploring this area more while I was researching...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Lookup? Or, User Name Mapping? Or Both?

    Active Directory Lookup? Or, User Name Mapping? Or Both? User Name Mapping in Windows Server 2003 R2 and Services for UNIX allows you map UNIX user and group accounts to their Windows counterparts (both local and domain accounts). This service is used by Server for NFS and Client for NFS (also by...
  • Blog Post: Services for UNIX vs Windows Server 2003 R2 UNIX Interoperability

    Services for UNIX vs Windows Server 2003 R2 UNIX Interoperability Services for UNIX is a software package which helps integrating UNIX systems in your Windows environment. With Services for UNIX 3.5 (which is the latest version of this product line) you get the following components - NFS...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the SFU blog

    Welcome to the SFU Blog! I am Ashish, working for the SFU support team at Microsoft. I’ll be talking here about interoperability between Windows and Unix worlds. Mostly using SFU software to achieve interoperability. “Services for UNIX” (in short, SFU) is a collection of components that enable...
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