[Samba] terminology: what is cifs and smb?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Sun May 25 19:36:51 MDT 2014

On Mon, 2014-05-26 at 13:34 +1200, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> 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,
> http://www.ubiqx.org/cifs/Book.html
> Anyway, SMB and CIFS are used interchangeably in the industry, and
> SMB2/3 are just newer versions thereof (drastically reworked). 

Even better, a link with a bit of the history, from one who has been
around the whole length of the saga:


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

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