Solaris CIFS Administration Guide
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Chapter 1

Windows Interoperability (Overview)

This administration guide provides the information needed to integrate a SolarisTM Common Internet File System (CIFS) server into an existing Windows environment and also describes the Solaris CIFS client, which enables you to mount CIFS shares on Solaris systems.

Windows clients can access CIFS shares from the Solaris CIFS service as if they were made available from a Windows server. This guide focuses only on the information required to integrate the Solaris CIFS service and how to use the Solaris CIFS client. Windows topics are only covered when those topics affect the integration of the Solaris CIFS service into the Windows environment.

This chapter covers the following topics:

Note - The Common Internet File System (CIFS) is an enhanced version of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol, which allows CIFS clients to access files and resources on CIFS servers. The terms SMB and CIFS can be considered interchangeable.

Caution - This is a beta release of the Solaris CIFS service for evaluation and OpenSolarisTM development. Do not use this service in production environments where service availability and data reliability are required.

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