Overview[1]#

Server Message Block (SMB), one version of which was also known as Common Internet File System (CIFS, /ˈsɪfs/), operates as an application-layer network protocol mainly used for providing shared access to files, printers, and serial ports and miscellaneous communications between nodes on a network.

Server Message Block also provides an authenticated inter-process communication mechanism.

Most usage of Server Message Block involves computers running Microsoft Windows, where it was known as "Microsoft Windows Network" before the subsequent introduction of Microsoft Active Directory. Corresponding Windows services are LAN Manager Server (for the server component) and LAN Manager Workstation (for the client component).

Server Message Block is also used with Samba

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