Mapping windows drives onto Unix (sec: unclas)

Shane Nuessler shane.nuessler at
Wed Mar 5 14:35:21 EST 2003

What about Sharity-light?

If you know smbfs for Linux - Sharity-Light is roughly the same. It is
derived from smbfs, but runs as a user level program, not in the kernel.
If you know samba: Sharity-Light is roughly the opposite: a client for
the Lanmanager protocol. If you know neither of these: Sharity-Light
lets you mount drives exported by Windows (f.
Workgroups/95/98/2000/ME/NT), OS/2 etc. on Unix machines. 

This software has previously been called "rumba". However, it turned out
that "RUMBA" is a registered trademark of Wall Data Incorporated. To
avoid confusion and a violation of the trademark, our program has been
renamed to "Sharity-Light". The name has been derived from its successor
Sharity, which is also available from our web site.

On Tue, 2003-03-04 at 11:57, Frank Ranner wrote:
> aditya padhi wrote:
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I am trying to map windows 2000/NT drives onto Unix Box ( SunOS 5.6
> > sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-Enterprise-10000 ) .
> > 
> > The purpose to to pool data from VoIP servers to Unix.
> > 
> > My questions are :
> > 
> > 1. Is it possible to do it using Samba ?
> > 
> > 2. If yes, then what are the softwares I need to install on Unix and
> > Windows ?
> > 
> > 3. Where can I get the software ?
> > 
> > 4. What are the configuration steps ?
> > 
> I use smbclient to fetch data from Windows server to the Solaris boxes.
> We have a 
> number of Windows network management servers, and they periodically zip
> up their 
> databases. I have a cron job that uses smbclient to do a directory
> listing, check if 
> any new files are present and download any so found to a solaris box. A
> separate 
> script deletes old zip files, keeping the last four. That way, if new
> zip files stop 
> coming, the backups don't progressively vanish!
> There is an old smb client program for solaris, but with limited
> features, the name 
> of which I cannot recall. I remember it had severe deficiencies which
> were alleviated 
> in the commercial version, but I didn't want the functionality that
> badly.
> If you really need to have directories mounted, and you don't mind a
> performance 
> hit, you can use a Linux box to mount the Windows shares, and re-export
> them using
> NFS.
> Regards, 
> Frank Ranner

Shane Nuessler
Software Engineer
Scholarly Technology Services
Australian National University

Phone: (02) 6125 8193
Email: shane.nuessler at
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