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 for NFS and Client for NFS…

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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-based Applications (SUA). These Vista editions are targeted towards power users and…

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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 replacing the SFU 3.5 Interix binaries and Password Synchronization binaries with…

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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…

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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…

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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 Windows Remote Shell Service…

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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 Connectivity Server for NFS Client for NFS and…

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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 the Windows and UNIX systems talk to each…

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