The Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol allows file sharing between different operating systems. The most common use of CIFS is in mounting Microsoft Windows network shares onto UNIX/Linux systems, which in turn means you can mount Windows shares onto a AIX box. CIFS offers the same type of file-mode access as can be found in NFS. So why use CIFS instead of, say, FTP? FTP is a transfer protocol, which is appropriate for pulling or pushing files around, but it isn't a ...

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