The idea is to introduce support for basic access to remote directories/shares, typically on LAN, via CIFS. This will enhance the integration capabilities of Apache Synapse specifically in the context of EAI.
To this end, I suggest the use of the JCifs API (https://github.com/codelibs/jcifs) and work with the current solution development and configuration model of Synapse to easily manipulate and configure the usage of JCifs in accessing shared directories in either Windows or Linux based shared directories.
JCifs has support for several authentication mechanisms, which as I see it, should be made easy to configure and use through Apache Synapse. In order to make this feature more manageable, I will be primarily investing my time in the support for the most basic domain-based user/password authentication (NTLM). Support for Kerberos based authentication will, potentially, be deferred to future versions.