Christopher R. Hertel crh at NTS.Umn.EDU
Mon Oct 5 21:13:57 GMT 1998

Okay, let me muddy the waters a bit.

CIFS is (yet another Microsoft flavor of) SMB.  I'm not sure how close any
of their implementations are to the published specification. 

You also asked about Samba.  Samba implements CIFS over TCP/IP.  Samba
also implements supporting systems, including NetBIOS name resolution,
browsing, and NT Domain Control (currently in the early stages of
development).  Samba attempts to be as compatible as possible with
Microsoft's various implementations. 

Chris -)-----

> On Mon, Oct 05, 1998 at 09:02:53PM +0000, Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton wrote:
> > SMB _is_ CIFS.  microsoft, knowing the power of words, did a "marketing"
> > exercise back in july / august 1996 when Sun announced "WebNFS", and
> > created SMB, which stands for "common internet file system".
> That's what I thought.  Thanks for the clarification.
> > i love these "must-justify-to-the-boss" questions :-)
> They're the easiest kind to answer, sometimes.  =)
> -- 
> Michael D. Ivey  -  Director of Emerging Technologies
> ivey at

Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
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