Round Table with Gaurav Daga (Program Manager, SFU) January 11th, 2005

Vinod Kumar

Friday was fun. I learnt a lot on what SFU (Microsoft Services for Unix) from the one and only Gaurav Daga. I have heard a lot about him and SFU. This was the first time I got a chance to sit one-on-one and in a roundtable with him. Whew!!! What a kwel product. Its really nice to see such initiatives being taken from Microsoft keeping inter-operability in mind.

Did you know: “The SFU Product has been in the market for over 5+ years

Pix of the meeting

The talk did educate me with loads of info and this prompted me to write about SFU 3.5 in my Jan Monthly Newsletter. BTW, you can subscribe to the complete newsletter from my website. I am excited to put the same here for you:

“The current running build of SFU is 3.5 and it has loads and loads of features for IT Pro’s and Developers in general. Inter-operability is one of the concerns for end-users as they are concerned as they want to make seamless integration and later migrate to windows. Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 provides a full range of supported and fully integrated cross-platform network services geared toward enterprise customers who need interoperability between Windows and UNIXbased environments. Windows Services for UNIX 3.5 provides with seamless access to information stored in multiple platforms, consolidates network management across platforms, and reuses UNIX applications and scripts on Windows. NFS Support (Cluster Aware, Permissions Translation Between Windows and UNIX), User Name Mapping Server, Password Sync, Telnet, Interix (A fully integrated, robust, high-performance UNIX environment, SDK, and subsystem that runs natively under Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000 – A Full Subsystem, Not an Emulation) are some of the features that are present on SFU 3.5. Read more on the product specifications and usage at the homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu/default.asp. If you are thinking hard on what are the current costs of using this and licensing policies then think again – its FREE. Its an 350 MB download and can be accessed from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/sfu/downloads/default.asp.”

 

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