Chapter 9. An Introductory Tour of SMB

 

The devil is in the details.

 
 --Popular saying

We will start with a quick museum tour of SMB. Our guide will be the venerable Universal Naming Convention (UNC). You may remember UNC from the brief introduction way back in Chapter 1 on page 3. UNC will provide directions and point out highlights along the tour.

Please stay together, everyone.

The UNC directions are presented in terms of a path, much like the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) paths that are used on the World Wide Web. To explain UNC, let us first consider something more modern and familiar:

http://ubiqx.org/cifs/index.html

That string is in URI syntax, as used by web browsers, and it breaks down to provide these landmarks:

      http == The protocol to use.  ...

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