FreeBSD and CIFS

If you're on a typical office network, the standard network file sharing protocol is Microsoft's Common Internet File Sharing, or CIFS. (CIFS was once known as Server Message Block, or SMB.) This is the "Network Neighborhood" that Windows users can access. While originally provided only by Microsoft Windows systems, this protocol has become something of a standard. Thankfully, today there's an open source CIFS file sharing server called Samba. Many commercial products provide services via this protocol. FreeBSD includes kernel modules to support the filesystem and programs to find, mount, and use CIFS shares.


Before you begin working with Microsoft file shares, gather the following information about your Windows network: ...

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