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Accessing NFS from Windows

All NFS servers at CSAIL also run Samba services to serve their volumes to Windows clients as well. Thus, to access NFS mounts, your machine must be part of the Active Directory domain. (We recommend you avoid Microsoft Services for Unix.)

See the Active Directory How to? for details on Active Directory. Once set up, make sure you log in to your machine with your CSAIL Kerberos account and password (and choose CSAIL.MIT.EDU under "Login To:").

Then determine the NFS server this volume is on.
  1. Connect to a CSAIL Debian system that automounts the volume. Eg, ssh (install PuTTY first using instructions at LoginServers if needed)
  2. Access the volume, for example ls -l /csail/userdir
  3. Examine the output of mount to find the server name that matches your volume name (the part after "/csail/"). For example, in...
    arthurp@borg-login-1:~$ mount
    [...] on /csail/userdir type nfs [...]
    ...the Windows (SAMBA) Path is \\\userdir

You will then access the NFS volume by clicking Start/Run... and typing

The directory should appear immediately. Any password prompt indicates a misconfiguration -- check your settings instead of trying any passwords.

Internal TIG note

See server configuration notes in SambaServer
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Topic revision: 12 Jan 2010, ArthurProkosch

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