[Samba] terminology: what is cifs and smb?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Sun May 25 19:34:58 MDT 2014

On Sun, 2014-05-25 at 14:17 -0500, Sabuj Pattanayek wrote:
> http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/06/06/windows-server-2012-which-version-of-the-smb-protocol-smb-1-0-smb-2-0-smb-2-1-or-smb-3-0-you-are-using-on-your-file-server.aspx
> Many samba devs call smb3 smb 2.2 so those are basically the same. Mount.cifs is kernel/distro specific since it calls the kernel smb/cifs mounting routines. For example the Rhel5/6 kernel and mount.cifs can only mount smb v1.

The only issue with this is that it follows the Microsoft rewriting of
history whereby somehow CIFS was in use before SMB, when independent
observers find the terms reversed.  For example,

Anyway, SMB and CIFS are used interchangeably in the industry, and
SMB2/3 are just newer versions thereof (drastically reworked). 

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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