[CentOS] Re: new CentOS5.1, samba help requested

Thu Mar 27 19:20:14 UTC 2008
John R Pierce <pierce at hogranch.com>

Scott Silva wrote:
> NFS will be much better for the linux to linux connections because it 
> passes native system calls on the files instead of a protocol that is 
> emulated and made to work.

also, the following significant difference in user semantics between 
SMB/CIFS and NFS....   in SMB, the client-initiated session 
authenticates as a user on the server....  in a multiuser windows 
system, each user would have his own session to a given server.    This 
doesn't play very well in Unix environments where the file system mounts 
are global to all users.

in NFS, each file opened has user ID, group ID, so its more suitable for 
a multiuser environment on a single session.   HOWEVER, its critical 
that all systems participating in NFS have the SAME user #s group #s, 
hence its often used in conjunction with NIS or another shared identity