[Samba] Re: Samba and CIFS question

Christopher R. Hertel crh at ubiqx.mn.org
Wed Jul 31 09:35:40 GMT 2002

On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 09:20:03AM -0500, Javid Abdul-AJAVID1 wrote:
> > Is samba implments CIFS.

Yes, Samba is a CIFS implementation.

> > I thought CIFS is based on SMB

Yes, CIFS (Common Internet FileSystem) is Microsoft's marketing name for 

> > am assuming SMB is opensource protocol

No.  SMB is poorly documented, randomly changed, overloaded, and 

> > Just wondering if am running samba 2.2.5 does it mean am running CIFS
> > also what version of CIFS?

Several versions of CIFS.  Samba supports several dialects (a dialect is a
named variation in the protocol...there are many unnamed variations as

> > when i sniffing SMB packets which commands should i be looking at CIFS or
> > SMB

A tool such as Ethereal will know how to decode the packets.

See also:  http://ubiqx/org/cifs/ for an introduction to the protocol and 
its annoyances.

Chris -)-----

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