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I am using the Windows 7 NFS client to access a Fedora FC 11 NFS Server. The identity presented by Windows NFS Client to the NFS server can only be set in AD or if running a special identity server that runs on Windows Server 2003 R2.

Is there any way to set the identity from a standalone Windows client machine?

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This question might be better suited for ServerFault. – Zian Choy Feb 2 '10 at 22:13
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That's a tough one. Microsoft's NFS Client is designed for integrating Unix with a business network. It's not really for individual client machines. All the documentation suggests a mapping server of some kind is required.

You may have better luck with a third-party nfs client:

If your willing to wait, the CITI research group and the University of Michigan is researching an open source NFSv4.1 client for Windows. Ironically it is being funded by a grant from Microsoft.

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For Windows 7 Client for NFS (packaged with Ultimate and Enterprise versions), you can set the AnonymousGid and AnonymousUid parameters in the registry of the client machine so that it connects as the Unix user you like.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00:

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FANTASTIC! I was exactly looking for this! Thanks. – Qorbani Aug 29 '13 at 19:32

On non-domain joined machines, you can setup Unix UID/GID to Windows Account mappings using the Lightweight Directory Services on Windows.

Step by step guide is available on

A scriptable solution to propagate the UNIX passwd/group files into an LDS instance is available at hhtp://

Both work very well when you have non-domain joined machines that need to use NFS protocol.

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