Originally Posted by EricTRA
Is there a particular reason why you advice against NFS? Just out of curiousity. Have you encountered problems with it?
Yes. I've had problems with it even under Linux (but that's another story).
Bear in mind however that all I talk about applies only to xp and below, I have no idea what the status of the nfs support for vista and seven is.
I've used it in the past and found it to be a bit weak and unstable, I've also had problems with utf8 encodings (no idea if this has changed).
But the main thing is that samba/cifs is just easier to handle and better integrated in Windows for my tastes. For nfs you have to install additional software while the smb/cifs stuff will just work out of the box. Not that samba hasn't its own assortment of problems, but most of them are either fixed or at least mitigated by the newer cifs.
I'll admit that I haven't used cifs a lot though, since I don't own any windows based machine nowadays.