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Common Internet File System
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protocol (CIFS) An Internet file system protocol,
based on Microsoft's SMB. Microsoft has given CIFS to the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as an Internet Draft.
CIFS is intended to complement existing protocols such as
CIFS runs on top of TCP/IP and uses the Internet's DomainName Service (DNS). It is optimised to support the slower
speed dial-up connections common on the Internet.
CIFS is more flexible than FTP. FTP operations are carried
out on entire files whereas CIFS is aimed at routine data
access and incorporates high-performance multi-user read and
write operations, locking, and file-sharing semantics.