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Windows Internals, Fifth Edition by David A. Solomon Mark E. Russinovich and Alex Ionescu

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Multiple Redirector Support

Applications can examine or access resources on remote systems in two ways. One way is by using the UNC standard with Windows functions to directly address a remote resource; a second way is by using the Windows Networking (WNet) API to enumerate computers and resources that those computers export for sharing. Both these approaches use the capabilities of a redirector to find their way to the network. As we stated earlier, to access SMB servers from a client, Microsoft supplies an SMB redirector, which has a kernel-mode component called the redirector FSD and a user-mode component called the Workstation service. (SMB is described in Chapter 11.) Microsoft also makes available redirectors that can access WebDAV resources, ...

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