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How do I change the folder formatting on a Unix/Linux machine so that Windows based SilkCentral TestManager folder systems can recognise shared folders via a UNC pathway?

How do I change the folder formatting on a Unix/Linux machine so that Windows based SilkCentral TestManager folder systems can recognise shared folders via a UNC pathway?

Problem:

How do I change the folder formatting on a Unix/Linux machine so that Windows based SilkCentral TestManager folder systems can recognise shared folders via a UNC pathway?

Resolution:

QUESTION
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How do I change the folder formatting on a Unix/Linux machine so that Windows based SilkCentral TestManager folder systems can recognise shared folders via a UNC pathway?

ANSWER
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As SilkCentral TestManager is a Windows based application which uses the Windows NT file system (NTFS) it doesn"t support the network file system (NFS) of Linux/Unix UNC pathways out of the box.

When trying to remotely access a source control pathway that is located on a Unix/Linux box i.e. a shared folder via a UNC pathway in SilkCentral TestManager, the formats of the folders differ in their fundamental workings and so need to be adjusted so that a Windows based NTFS can recognise a Linux/Unix NFS setup.

Workaround: There is a possible way around this by using a freeware tool called "Samba" (http://us1.samba.org/samba/what_is_samba.html) you can add a level to the folder formatting between the Windows and Linux/Unix machines which would convert the folder format NFS to be recognisable by Windows and accessible through a UNC pathway.

Old KB# 24535

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