SUMMARY: Mounting Solaris 8 UFS from Windows

From: Dave Warchol <>
Date: Wed Nov 28 2001 - 08:06:21 EST
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Samba, Samba, and Samba   Comments indicated that it was solid, many indicated that they
had been running it for years with no problems.  If you wanted support, you
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Other folks indicated that they are also running it on Linux and FreeBSD (with
no problem).

As far as security:

If you use unencrypted passwords (requires a registry entry on Windows
98) the username and password are the regular Unix username and

In win98 you need to enable plain text password for it to  work .

The general security scheme is the same (for PC-NFS, Samba and TotalNet):
assuming PC user "username"  exists on the solaris box with an identical
username, then file permissions, access, etc are all mapped directly.
Samba allows you to set default masks on a per-share basis for what
permissions to assign to files created from scratch via the PC (ie, RWX
or rwx-r--r-- .. or ... whatever..). I believe totalnet allows you to do
something similar but I forget if it was as easy to specify.

Other Comments

Use Samba, works great, a better NT server than NT.

You can even run the password server for the Windows network on
UNIX if you like, although it's not required. We run it here so
developers can get to their home directories through Windows Explorer,
works great.

Rock solid reliable (I've _never_ seen it crash!) and generally pretty secure
(there have been maybe
3-4 security flaws that I can remember in the last 3-4 years, all plugged
fairly quickly).  It uses the Unix file permissions for determining access,
as you seem to require.

note that none of these solutions (PC-NFS, Samba and TotalNet) provide "block
level" access to ufs
filesystems, but rather file-level access.

Other Products Suggested

TAS - $$$ (but a very good product)

Microsoft sells unix services for windows, even includes telnet services
TO the win machine.

PC-NFS (payware) - allows you to mount NFS shares under windows

TotalNet (payware) - same as samba, also supports Macintosh & Novell

Sun also has their own product called PC Net Link, or something similar. I
think that is free also.

commercial : Windows NFS packages, for instance I use 'On net ' from FTP
software. There are many others.

Also, for Macs, you can use Helios Ethershare.

Thanks again,

===================================== Original Post
Hello Everyone:
         One of our users would like to be able to access r/w select UFS
filesystems on his SUN Solaris 8 servers from his Windows 98 desktops.
Preserving the existing Solaris security scheme from the PCs is important.
root access would not be permitted from Windows.  I'd like to hear about what
products folks are using (for fee or freeware).  I will summarize.

Thanks much,
Received on Wed Nov 28 13:06:21 2001

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