File Name Translation revisited

I had discussed on using File Name Translation over NFS here. Some additional information and an alternative steps is captured in this post. To start with the characters that are supported by Windows are here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa365247%28VS.85%29.aspx The lists of invalid / reserved characters are:   < (less than) > (greater than) : (colon) ” (double…


Persistent drive mappings do not work with Client for NFS

Persistent drive mappings do not work with Client for NFS After SFU 3.5 was shipped, there have been a lot of changes in Windows networking client stack. Some of these changes affected the way persistent drive mappings for NFS shares are handled in Windows and as a result, it doesn’t work anymore. Fortunately, there a…

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"net use" command against NFS shares is not supported under wow64

Recently we have a problem with “net use” command on Windows server 2008: We launched a command prompt from c:\windows\system32\, executed a net use command to NFS share (Unix NFS Share), after a few seconds it resulted in a mapped drive on Windows. On the contrary, when a command prompt was launched from c:\windows\syswow64\ folder,…


Installing SUA components on Windows 8

Recently, after the build conference we installed Windows 8 Developer preview edition here. I was checking different components related NFS, IDMU and SUA. While trying to install SUA components I noticed that it is marked as [DEPRECATED].                           Looks like we are planning…

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How to rename an existing Active Directory NIS domain

Renaming a Windows NIS domain name may become essential as default NIS domain that IDMU captures is based on the existing domain name (excluding Top Level Domain name). In case we rename the AD Domain or we have a different NIS domain name already configured in UNIX; removing the existing AD NIS domain and then…


Mount command fails against Cluset IP / Name

I came across a scenario where mount command was failing when we put it across the Cluster IP / Cluster Name that the Windows NFS share was part of. The same command worked perfectly against the actual IP / Name of the Windows NFS share (active Node). A closer look at the network trace showed…


Migrating Windows 2003 + SFU 3.5 and Server for NIS to Windows 2008 R2

Most of the domain controllers running on Windows 2003 and serving purpose of Server for NIS for *NIX systems are getting upgraded to Windows 2008 R2 these days. This needs some additional steps to be performed as Services for UNIX 3.5 no longer available on Windows 2008 R2 (as SFU 3.5 does not have any…

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Setting up mailX with MS Exchange in SUA

In case you want to setup sendmail on SUA and use your MS Exchange to actually receive the mail and process it further; these steps will be handy. Downloaded and installed SUA on Windows 2003 R2 system. Configured sendmail.ch with SMARTHOST entry Note: A sample entry will look like: #Smart “relay hosty” DS<ExchangeServer_HostName> We need…


gwshare command notworking for members of Administrators group

In one of the recent issues reported; members of the administrators group were unable to issue gwshare command to mount the UNIX NFS shares on Windows system and re-share it using Gateway for NFS. The exact error message was: Access is denied. ERROR – Failed to open registry – Access is denied. However, the Administrator…


Installing NFS Auth on Windows 2003 R2 from command line

I am finally back here J in this year.   Recently, I have spent some time to find the steps to install NFS Auth on Windows 2003 R2 from command line; thought of sharing it here.   1.    Ensure that the Windows 2003 R2 CD2 media is available in the CD ROM. If you have…