IfIi was going to write a client app then it could also run dokan, so that explorer's, Media App's, Notepad style memory mapped apps would work without modification.
The trouble with doing that, is the user authentication to the "shares" at the Server side.
It's all possible, and I am coming round to this idea the more I play with trying to just setup the winDDK for Win 7 64 bit.. It's a pain In the A...
I could do this in Win XP but that does not have the problems..
So.. Without the Samba- I think a client style install that "Talks" to the service via WCF (It's efficient and works), with authentication (It will need to work for serives accessing lanman style shares as well - That could be
tricky !) It is possible and well within the realms of the existing Dokan signed
I'll give the Win DDK just this weekend before I give up on it, and then start the client stuff to see if it gives a good throughput.
Keep the testing and suggestions coming...