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CIFS (or equiv.) and security

On Thu, 18 May 2000, Mike Bilow wrote:

> On 2000-05-18 at 16:56 -0400, Niall Kavanagh wrote:
> > On Thu, 18 May 2000, Mike Bilow wrote:
> > 
> > > Yes, because Windows clients do not understand NFS and Samba necessarily
> > > obliterates Unixisms such as file modes.
> > 
> > Not sure what you mean by "don't understand", but there's always the NFS
> > stuff from I use X-WinPro quite a bit myself, and I'm quite
> > happy with it. Never tried any of thier NFS tools though. I know they have
> > windows clients and servers.
> There is no native support for NFS in Windows.  The ProNFS software you
> mention is a commercial product with per-user license fees.  I don't think
> this is an ideal solution.

Not to mention that NFS on PCs encourages misuse of NFS services.
Suddenly, you've got 100 (or 1000) NFS servers, which everyone is sharing
with everyone else, and your network performance drops off a cliff.  Of
course, the situation is rarely much different with Windows shares, unless
you've got a well-locked-down environment where users aren't allowed to
share their drives.

In case anyone thinks this is a good idea (wide-spread drive sharing), in
all but the smallest office network cases (like maybe less than 5
computers), IT ISN'T. Managing data backup and recovery, synchronization,
and a host of other problems I don't want to go into, makes it one
gigantic CF. Ah, I mean big mess.  :)

Derek Martin
System Administrator
Mission Critical Linux
martin at 

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