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Can a Windows System Mount an NFS File System Shared by an AIX 6.1 Server

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I have a directory on an IBM AIX 6.1 system to which a Windows system needs access. I'm familiar with configuring NFS in AIX, but never for a Windows client. Can Windows systems "see" NFS file systems exported by UNIX (AIX) servers?
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by:woolmilkporc
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Yes, but it depends on the Windows version whether it's shipped with the OS or has to be downloaded separately.

It's built into Windows 7 Enterprise, but not installed by default.

This thread has useful information and links:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_programs/nfs-client-for-windows-7/42aae25d-d077-4ff9-abdf-7314a589c46d

wmp
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by:babyb00mer
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How can I find out whether I've got Samba installed on my server(s)?
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by:woolmilkporc
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In most cases it's controlled by inetd, so search in /etc/inetd.conf for "netbios-ssn" and "netbios-ns".

Sometimes it's started via inittab or an rc script. In this case smbd is always active and you can find it with "ps -ef | grep smbd".

Running

/usr/bin/smbstatus

is also an option, but not every Samba distribution ships it.

Some versions come as installp packages, so

lslpp -l | grep -i samba

could give you a hint.


Anyway, the presence of

/usr/sbin/smbd

or

/usr/local/sbin/smbd

means that Samba is installed one way or the other.
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by:babyb00mer
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What is the significance of the pcnfsd daemon? I'm assuming that it should be enabled if I'm expecting any of the NFS clients to be running Windows.
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by:woolmilkporc
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(rpc.)pcnfsd is the daemon  program responsible for serving the PC-NFS client,
an NFS client implementation for DOS and Windows machines from SUN.

It originates from the 1990s and is no longer prevalent, due to the existence of current NFS-Windows products from Microsoft and third-party suppliers.

I'm rather sure that PC-NFS is no longer available on the market.
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by:babyb00mer
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Eventually I'm going to need to implement NFS on my PowerHA cluster. Is there an HACMP facility for configuring NFS on cluster nodes?
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