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Everywhere I see Windows and NFS, there is a mention of some kind of "subsystem of unix apps" or something like this, but apparently it's not in Windows 7 pro.

So the question is: what can I do to get access to NFS share from Windows 7 Pro? What to download, from where? Is there any commercial application, or is it just some free software installation?

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Although there are ways to mount NFS shares on Windows (and I see some good answers on that below) the more common approach is to have the server provide SMB shares instead of or in addition to NFS shares. This is done by running Samba on the file server. Many Linux distros come with Samba and integrate it into their file management GUI. –  Isaac Rabinovitch Sep 10 '12 at 2:59

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I came in late, but here is a real solution: (opensource)

Was researching the same thing for win7 pro and found this: http://www.trevorpott.com/?p=385

The University of Michigan NFS v 4.1 client. This is the exact same client for NFS 4.1 that Microsoft included in Windows 8. (Indeed, Microsoft funded its development.) It is located here. However, it does take a little bit of knowledge to install. I have found it easily scriptable for installs on a mass scale, and certainly not a problem for installs on my home machine. download here: http://www.citi.umich.edu/projects/nfsv4/windows/readme.html#install

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The git URL for the source code no longer works, and perusing through the directory structure got me nothing. Here is the one hosted on github: github.com/kofemann/ms-nfs41-client.git –  Forethinker Feb 18 at 21:51
had to add insecure to the export, but otherwise was not too difficult to get up and running, added a couple of batch files (mount and umount) so now works like *nix. Should add this to gow –  Wyrmwood Sep 4 at 18:57

I was in the same boat. There's a 3rd party tool called nfsAxe, though it's shareware. So far I've only found that, or upgrade to Enterprise or Ultimate.

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I changed version from Professional to Enterprise in registry and I was able to install "Services for NFS" from Programs and Features.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]


"ProductName"="Windows 7 Enterprise"

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To install NFS abilities in Win7 (verified on a Win 7 Enterprise x64 install):

Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off (upper left corner) > Check 'Services for NFS' in the listing > Ok each dialog

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windows pro doesn't have "services for NFS" in windows features. –  user7385 Mar 7 '11 at 13:53
Maybe a Ultimate/Enterprise only feature. Seems from a quick web search that others With Windows 7 Pro upgrade to Ultimate or find a 3rd party tool. –  edusysadmin Mar 7 '11 at 14:17
I have zero knowledge of Windows, it's definitely not my OS of choice. Any idea what 3rd party tools are available? Any good? Any worth recommending? –  user7385 Mar 7 '11 at 14:26
I just know how to get the component installed, never used it myself. –  edusysadmin Mar 7 '11 at 19:17
It is definitely not available, in any form, on Win 7 Pro. You can't download or install anything from Microsoft, or do anything in Control Panel which will allow Win 7 Pro (or below) to use NFS client for Windows. It is available in Enterprise and Ultimate. –  Stabledog Feb 12 at 16:01

You used to need Unix Services for Windows, but it looks like you don't in 7 according to this. Not conclusive because I don't use 7, but looks like optional service that needs to be loaded.

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saw this page too, but in my windows 7, i was not able to find "Add/Remove Software wizard in the Control Panel." –  user7385 Mar 7 '11 at 13:10
I'll try one more blind stab, does the windows 7 control panel have a "classic view". Or did you check this out? gizmodo.com/#!5138189/… or netomatix.com/post/2009/08/09/… –  Dennis Mar 7 '11 at 13:51
Gizmodo.com link just shows me main page (redirected to gizmodo.pl for some reason). netomatix writes about removing programs. I don't see any "classic view" option/link. –  user7385 Mar 7 '11 at 13:55
This link at Microsoft answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/… contains a link (down a ways) to download the services microsoft.com/downloads/en/… Though there is also some discussion farther down that it doesn't work for some people??? Very strange differences between versions. –  Dennis Mar 7 '11 at 14:20
@Dennis: tested it. As one of commenter there stated, it requires "UNIX services" which are not part of Windows 7 Pro. –  user7385 Mar 7 '11 at 14:25

HOW TO: Share Windows Folders by Using Server for NFS:

You can use Server for NFS to make Windows resources available to UNIX and Linux clients by using the NFS protocol. You can use either Windows Explorer or the Nfsshare.exe command line utility to share the folder.

To share a folder by using Nfsshare.exe:

  1. Log on to the Windows-based server by using an administrative level account.
  2. Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
  3. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to share a folder to NFS clients > and to allow anonymous access:

    nfsshare -o anon=yes share_name=drive:path

  4. Type the following command, and then press ENTER to delete an NFS share:

    nfsshare share_name /delete

  5. Type: nfsshare /?, and then press ENTER to display the parameters that you can use with Nfsshare.

To share a folder by using Windows Explorer:

  1. Log on to the Windows-based server by using an administrative level account.
  2. Start Windows Explorer.
  3. Right-click the folder that you want to share, and then click Sharing.
  4. Click the NFS Sharing tab, and then click Share this folder.
  5. Configure the appropriate settings, and then click OK.NOTE: Microsoft recommends that you install at least one User Name Mapping service on your network to map UNIX and Windows user names to each other.
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One-link answers are frowned upon here. Please extend your answer to include some details about the procedure instead of just linking somewhere. –  slhck May 24 '11 at 14:15
This is the reverse of what the OP wants to do. –  Matthew Read Nov 20 '12 at 21:12

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