When sharing files, just like with anything on Linux, you have more then one option, and you should make your choice based on what you need. We’ll take a look at both SAMBA/CIFS and NFS in this article.
What are the Features of the Two?
- Windows can connect to it natively without installing third-party software.
- Assists in network browsing. With or without NetBIOS.
- Acts as a Windows NT®-style Primary Domain Controller (PDC).
- Acts as a Backup Domain Controller (BDC) for a Samba-based PDC.
- Acts as an Active Directory domain member server.
- Joins a Windows NT/2000/2003 PDC.
- Faster then Samba when transferring large files over the network.
- Easy to setup on any Linux system.
- Supports Kerberos for authentication.
- Has the ability to squash root so clients accessing the shares cannot access root files.
- Uses IP-addresses to authenticate the client. And, is thus easier to setup.