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.