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We need to serve NFS shares from our Windows Server 2008 R2 machine to Solaris 5.10 clients, since apparently we are unable to mount SMB shares on our Solaris 5.10 machines :( What's the recommended NFS server technology on this platform? Is Windows services for UNIX a good alternative?

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rtacconi's answer is dated and would apply for 2003, not 2008.

Windows 2008 R2 has a stock NFS server. NFS Basically just acts as another protocol. If you install the role, NFS is a tab under SHARING.

We use it to serve up over 500K files to Centos 5.5 boxes in our web cluster.

Seems to work pretty well.

  • Thanks for your sharing your experiences with the stock NFS server! – aknuds1 Feb 2 '11 at 10:01
  • We will be testing the stock NFS server over the next few days, to see if it's production ready. Hopefully it'll work well enough for our purposes :) – aknuds1 Feb 2 '11 at 10:17
  • Yes I have not used 2008 at all. – rtacconi Feb 3 '11 at 12:07
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HOW TO: Set Up Server for NFS: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324086.

Why you cannot mount SMB shares on Solaris?

  • Keep in mind my question is not how to set up NFS/Windows Services for UNIX :) I haven't tried setting up SMB myself, rather our IT guys said it wasn't possible with the particular version of Solaris 5.10 (we need an older version for compatibility reasons). – aknuds1 Feb 1 '11 at 16:44
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I think the least frustrating option is to setup a unix-based (in your case Solaris 5.10) NFS server.

I am not aware of any 3rd party NFS server app for Windows? So if you don't want the easy option of a Solaris-based NFS server, stick to rtacconi's answer.

Another option is to migrate your Solaris 5.1 environment to a virtual machine/instance/box and have them share files with the host machine's mapped network drive.

  • There is no question of switching to a UNIX server. We have a dedicated Windows server, and the only problem is our 5.10 clients don't support SMB. I found at least one 3rd party Windows NFS server at hanewin.net/nfs-e.htm. Your virtual Solaris box suggestion is an interesting one though, I'll keep it in mind! – aknuds1 Feb 2 '11 at 10:00
  • That 3rd party software you link to predates Windows 2003. I would expect Windows's built-in NFS service, as mentioned by rtacconi on this page, will do a better job. I'm sure it's easier to do in Windows 2008. – DutchUncle Feb 2 '11 at 10:22

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