NFS (Network File System) is a network protocol that enables file sharing between computers running different operating systems. It is widely used in Linux and Unix systems, but Windows systems have not traditionally supported NFS. However, with the release of Windows 7 Ultimate, Microsoft has added support for NFS. This means that users of Windows 7 Ultimate can now mount and access NFS shares on Linux and Unix systems.
In this article, we will look at how to set up and mount an NFS share on Windows 7 Ultimate. We will assume that an NFS share has already been set up on a Linux or Unix server.
The first step is to install the NFS Client for Windows. This can be done by downloading and running the Windows Services for UNIX (SFU) 3.5 Update 2 Client for NFS package. Once this has been installed, you should be able to see the NFS Client listed in the “Programs and Features” control panel.
Once the NFS Client is installed, you can mount the NFS share. This can be done by using the command line utility mount.exe. The command syntax is as follows:
mount -o nolock \\\\server\\sharename driveletter:
Where server is the IP address or hostname of the server that is hosting the NFS share, sharename is the name of the NFS share, and driveletter is the drive letter that you want to assign to the NFS share.
For example, if the server is 192.168.1.10 and the NFS share is called “mynfsshare”, the command would be:
mount -o nolock \\\\192.168.1.10\\mynfsshare x:
Once the command has been executed, you should be able to see the NFS share listed in Windows Explorer. You can now browse and access the files in the NFS share just like any other Windows drive.
If you want to unmount the NFS share, you can use the unmount.exe utility. The syntax for this command is as follows:
Where driveletter is the drive letter that you assigned to the NFS share.
For example, if the NFS share was mounted to the X: drive, the command would be:
Once the command has been executed, the NFS share should no longer be listed in Windows Explorer.
In summary, mounting and accessing an NFS share on Windows 7 Ultimate is relatively straightforward. All you need to do is install the NFS Client for Windows, mount the NFS share using the mount.exe utility, and then you can access the files in the NFS share just like any other Windows drive. When you are done, you can unmount the NFS share using the unmount.exe utility.