Access file on Windows NT from Sun Solaris


My Java application is running on Sun Solaris but I would like to access file which is on Windows NT. All the machines are connected in N/W. How i do it?

Thanks in adv.
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To access windows files from Solaris you need something that understand SMB/CIFS protocols. The most commonly used package is Samba ( One of the components of Samba is smbclient which allows you to get/put files from a SMB/CIFS resource in an FTP like manner.
Do you have the Windows filesystem mounted?  If so, you can read it as a local filesystem (i.e. just open the file).

If the filesystem isn't mounted, you can write a small "agent" application that listens for file requests on a given socket.  Your java app can then tell the agent to send over a particular file, across the socket...
either Samba's smbclient,
or install rsh services on NT, then you can get the file like:
     rsh NTbox type C:\\path\\file
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How about getting FTP service on NT, and have use ftp client on solaris to grab the file via ftp.  In fact, maybe you could build one in Java.

Just an option;  I would go for samba.  Share the path on NT, and use smbmount on solaris to mount the NT shares under a directory in Solaris.
Samba is OK but chatty --  a more elegant (though more expensive solution) is to get Microsoft's Services for UNIX for your NT server.  This will allow you to set up your shares on your server as NFS shares (among a whole host of other things).
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I would vote for using;

o - export NT shares,
o - mount the shares from solaris via smbmount, or mount -t smbfs (if solaris support this)

* jlevie + ahoffman's.

But my idea is not that bad too :)

o - ftp server on NT (IIS maybe), and ftp client on solaris
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