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SMB vs. CIFS

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SMB vs. CIFS

jeff.edsell
We connect our Macs to our Windows network using CIFS rather than SMB. What are the differences, and which is better?
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    webjabber

    You can read it from
    http://www.microsoft.com/mind/1196/cifs.asp

    CIFS is an enhanced version of Microsoft's open, cross-platform Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

    WebJabber

    A secure path to access your servers.

    http://www.gotoservers.com

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    swivet

    The short answer is, those Macs are using neither SMB nor
    CIFS -- at least, not as initiated at Microsoft.

    Whichever protocol you ask for, Mac OS X is using Samba,
    a community-developed implementation that attempts to
    make SMB/CIFS into a truly open, multi-platform
    networking protocol based on TCP/IP.

    That Microsoft.com link is dead -- since the project of
    absorbing the Internet has suffered setbacks, Microsoft
    Internet Developer (MIND) has gone missing, and we hear
    less from them about CIFS (but more about SMB2).

    Interested readers will do better with Google, Wikipedia
    and Christopher Hertel's big book
    (http://www.ubiqx.org/cifs/).

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    webjabber

    You can read it from
    http://www.microsoft.com/mind/1196/cifs.asp

    CIFS is an enhanced version of Microsoft's open, cross-platform Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

    WebJabber

    A secure path to access your servers.

    http://www.gotoservers.com

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    swivet

    The short answer is, those Macs are using neither SMB nor
    CIFS -- at least, not as initiated at Microsoft.

    Whichever protocol you ask for, Mac OS X is using Samba,
    a community-developed implementation that attempts to
    make SMB/CIFS into a truly open, multi-platform
    networking protocol based on TCP/IP.

    That Microsoft.com link is dead -- since the project of
    absorbing the Internet has suffered setbacks, Microsoft
    Internet Developer (MIND) has gone missing, and we hear
    less from them about CIFS (but more about SMB2).

    Interested readers will do better with Google, Wikipedia
    and Christopher Hertel's big book
    (http://www.ubiqx.org/cifs/).