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Warp Server (Server Message Block) Home Directory Attachment from a Windows NT Client

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119029D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lenharth, SA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for home directory attachment from a Windows NT* network client. The home directory exists on a Warp Server or a compatible Server Message Block (SMB) server.

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Warp Server (Server Message Block) Home Directory Attachment from
a Windows NT Client

      Disclosed is a method for home directory attachment from a
Windows NT* network client.  The home directory exists on a Warp
Server or a compatible Server Message Block (SMB) server.

      In the current version of Windows NT, a user may be
authenticated against the local workstation accounts database or a
Windows NT domain accounts database.  There is no mechanism in this
authentication sequence to attach a local workstation drive to a
remote OS/2** Warp Server home directory.  The home directory is a
files resource located on a server that contains information specific
to a particular user account and usable by users of that account.

      The following mechanism was developed to solve this
problem.  Following successful authentication of a user id to the
Warp Server domain, the client queries the validating server for
information regarding the home directory.  This query is made using
existing protocol  methods.

      The home directory information is examined to determine which
server contains the home directory resource.  The client then
contacts that server to ensure that the home directory is available
for usage.  Finally, the client attempts to mount the directory to a
local, previously unused, drive.

This flow is described as:
    Windows NT Client -> SMB Server 1
  (request home directory information)
    SMB Server 1 -> Windows NT Client
 ...