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Chapter 27. Working with Windows-Based S... > Understanding the Windows Protocols:...

Understanding the Windows Protocols: SMB and CIFS

The Simple Message Block (SMB) protocol provides the basis for Windows file and print sharing. SMB provides support for file browsing and two levels of security:

  • User— A user must authenticate with the SMB server during the initial connection. The supplied username and password determine what resources the user can access.

  • Share— Share-level security operates on an individual shared resource. The resource has a single password. Anyone with access to the password can access the resource.


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