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Inside Windows Storage: Server Storage Technologies for Windows® 2000, Windows® Server 2003, and Beyond by Dilip C. Naik

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3.8. Practical Implications

Starting with Windows 2000, Microsoft introduced a new minidriver model for the benefit of vendors wishing to write a network file system. The vendors need only write a minidriver that deals with the specifics of the network file system protocol of their choice. The interactions common to all network file systems (with the Windows operating system and Cache Manager) have been encapsulated into a driver library. Microsoft has built minidrivers for CIFS, NFS, and WebDAV.

CIFS is now a de facto industry standard for Windows clients communicating with a server. Several operating system platforms running a network file server implement CIFS. Microsoft licenses a royalty-free CIFS specification, and so also does the Storage ...

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