Perhaps the most powerful level of PC/UNIX integration is achieved by sharing directories that live on a UNIX host (or a dedicated UNIX-like file server) with desktop PCs that run Windows.1 The shared directories can be made to appear transparently under Windows, either as drives or as an extension to the regular Windows network file tree. Either NFS or CIFS can be used to implement this functionality.

NFS: the Network File System

NFS was designed to share files among UNIX hosts, on which the file locking and security paradigms are significantly different from those of Windows. Although a variety of products that mount NFS-shared directories on Windows clients are available, their use should be aggressively avoided, ...

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