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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: 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: Using UNIX Attributes tab without installing IdMU

    Using UNIX Attributes tab without installing IdMU Starting with the Windows Server 2003 R2 release, Microsoft has made it clear that the AD Lookup feature would be the preferred direction to go for identity mapping between Windows and *nix when it comes to NFS access - both server and client. AD Lookup...
  • Blog Post: AD Lookup with ADAM/ADLDS

    AD Lookup with ADAM/ADLDS With removal of UNM in Vista/W2K8, it became really problematic to map users in non-AD environments to use with Vista/LH NFS Servers and Clients. For client, a workaround was discovered which was essentially a registry tweak and did allow more than user to be able to access...
  • Blog Post: Can I Set Up User Name Mapping in Windows Vista?

    Can I Set Up User Name Mapping in Windows Vista? Unfortunately, no if you don't have a SFU 3.5 or W2K3 R2 machines on the network that is running User Name Mapping service. This has been a major disappointment with NFS deployments using Windows Vista. However, there is a tiny little good news for...
  • Blog Post: Limitation with Active Directory Lookup feature in Microsoft Services for NFS

    Limitation with Active Directory Lookup feature in Microsoft Services for NFS The Active Directory Lookup feature that was introduced with Windows Server 2003 R2. This feature greatly simplifies the UNIX identity information management but has its own set of limitation. I thoughy I'll document them...
  • 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: 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: 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...
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