Related link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu/
My work is in a decidely duo-culture OS world: Microsoft Windows and Linux.
I had heard about Microsoft Windows Services for UNIX but never took a close look at it.
Microsoft released a new version (3.5) and lowered the price (from $99 to FREE) this week.
This (no cost) prompted me to take a closer look at it.
You can read a detailed introduction white paper about SFU at
or the reviewer’s guide at
Here’s a much truncated summary of the items that interested me:
- SFU runs on both Windows workstations (2000 or XP with appropriate Service Packs) and Windows servers (2000 or 2003 with appropriate Service Packs)
- Client, server, and gateway for NFS
- Telnet client and server
- C-Shell and Korn Shell plus more than 350 other utilities
- Symbolic and hard links on NTFS and NFS file systems
- Password synchronization between Windows and Linux
One ironic note: As I said I split my time between Windows XP and Red Hat Linux boxes. I happened to be on my Linux workstation while investigating this new SFU release. I downloaded both the white paper and reviewer’s guide to read in OpenOffice 1.1. OpenOffice crashed while reading the reviewer’s guide. However, I restarted OpenOffice, opened the reviewers guide again and was able to read it all the way through on the second try.
I’ve never tried SFU (3.5 or earlier). So, if you have feedback on this product, please share it so I and others can learn from your experiences with SFU.