NFS or Samba with Windows 7

Linda haniganwork at
Fri Jan 22 14:46:14 UTC 2010

Patton Echols wrote:
> On 01/20/2010 10:39 AM, Linda wrote:
>> I have to put a Windows 7 machine on my network. Has anyone had any 
>> experience with using its NFS client to connect to an Ubuntu server.  
>> Right now Samba seems to work fine for connecting the drives. Since I 
>> have to upgrade to professional that has the NFS client option I was 
>> wondering if anyone had experience with it versus just using Samba. 
>> Currently I use NFS with the other Linux machines and XP, but Samba with 
>> our lone Vista machine.
>>                   Thanks
>>                    Linda
> I don't have a direct answer as I have no Win7 boxes.  If you are in a 
> production environment, I would be very leery of new functionality (for 
> windows) in Win7.   Let someone else beta test it.  Especially true 
> since Samba is a "known quantity."  But if you are in a "home/hobby" 
> environment or otherwise and can afford to test, this site makes it seem 
> pretty easy:
> If you do get it working, and find it reliable, you might mention it 
> here.  I'm sure as Win7 rolls out more boxes, this issue will be back 
> repeatedly.  In other words, please share your  beta testing results!  ;-)
> --PE
Here is the NFS warning on WIndows 7. If you call and talk to Microsoft 
Store they will assure you that if you upgrade to WIndows 7 pro it will 
have the NFS Client. In reality this is a huge slight of hand. If you 
upgrade to WIndows 7 pro you will be able to run an XP Virtual machine 
on your Windows 7 machine and use the XP NFS client.  This seems really 
sketchy to me so I'm just going to stick with Samba.
Also not right but what can one expect from Microsoft, after I upgraded 
to Pro I have a postscript driver for the Laserjet 450 so it can print. 
You hear complaints about printing problems with Linux  I worried about 
a lot of things for setting up this machine, but I never even considered 
that I would have trouble getting it to print on the CUPS printer both 
the PCL5 and PCL6 drivers did not work I just got raw PCL code for output.

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