INTEGRATE WINDOWS AND UNIX SYSTEMS WITH NFS
Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) is an add-on for Windows 2000 Server
that provides several components to enable integration between Windows
systems and UNIX/Linux systems. One SFU component is the Network File
System (NFS), which provides the Client, Server, and Gateway components
that support file sharing between Windows and UNIX-based systems.
The Client component enables Windows clients to access files shared
on UNIX-based NFS servers. The Server component displays Windows-hosted
shares as NFS file systems, making them available to NFS clients in
both UNIX and Windows environments.
Installing and managing an NFS client on Windows workstations is one
solution to providing access to NFS shares on a UNIX server, but a
better option is to use the Gateway component of NFS for Windows 2000.
The Gateway component enables a Windows 2000 server to act as a gateway
for NFS shares on UNIX hosts.
To the client, it appears that the Windows server is hosting these
shares. Because the Windows clients can access the Windows server
without any additional client software, these clients don't require
NFS client software to access NFS shares on remote UNIX hosts. Eliminating
the need for NFS client software simplifies network and client management.