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File systems and windows servers

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Leehaa, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster


    "A Windows 9x Pc on a network (using FAT 32) can still access information that is stored on a NTFS partition (due to Windows 2003 server having the file system drivers needed to do this)"

    Firstly, am I correct?

    Secondly, does this go for all cases? Does Windows server 2003 install with the necessary drivers to do this, or do you have to set this up yourself? Are there any other server environments that would prevent this from happening?

    Totally clueless in this area :oops:

    Are there any circumstances where this wouldn't work (other than user permissions)?

    Please help!
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    It isn't so much a case of special drivers, but more a case of the NETBIOS protocol which does this.

    You might want to think that a Windows client knows how to deal with a NETBIOS filesystem. Servers merely use NETBIOS to hide the local details.

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  3. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    To clarify what Harry has said. Yes you are correct a Win9x PC that has it's hard drive formatted with FAT32 can access shares that are stored on a Windows 2003 server that has it's shared files on an NTFS volume.

    This bit ^^ is where you are incorrect - Server 2003 does not use file system drivers for this.

    As Harry said it's the network protocols which do the translation.

    If you were to put a hard drive that is formatted with NTFS and full of data directly into a Win9x box then Windows would not be able to access those files - regarding Windows systems, only NT, Windows 2000, XP and Vista support accessing NTFS volumes in this way.
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