Sharing data in a Microsoft way... Welcome to the CIFS server!

I've had the great pleasure to watch a very hard working team deliver the CIFS server recently allowing OpenSolaris to serve files to Microsoft CIFS clients. Our lead developer, Alan Wright, did a great job sheparding the delivery of 370,000 lines (more or less) into OpenSolaris. Several existing components in the OpenSolaris kernel also had to be modified to support this in-kernel CIFS service. Alan's blog describes the advantages of supporting CIFS from inside the kernel.

Remarkable job... especially with a wildfire burning at their backs filling the Sun facility in Irvine with smoke during the critical last few days of the delivery. Our CIFS folks hung in there to make the putback. Special thanks to Barry Greenberg as well for managing the effort from the people side of the equation.

For more details on the effort check out these blog entries:

The CIFS server joins the Active Directory integration project, Share Manager and the CIFS client project in the effort to improve our OpenSolaris-Windows interoperability and management story.

I'll never forget an Interop  show in Atlanta some years back where I was doing Sun booth duty and showing off our Solstice Backup software (courtesy of Legato). A fellow came up to me and told me in no uncertain terms that unless Sun and Solaris started interoperating with Microsoft and Windows he wasn't going to buy a dang thing from Sun. After I discreetly wiped his saliva off my face (he was that mad) I told him to hang in there... that we wanted to solve the problem. And we're well on the way. The Sun is starting to shine in Redmond.

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