Complete Protocol dictionary, glossary and reference
CIFS: Common Internet File System
The Common Internet File System (CIFS), an enhanced version of Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB), is the standard way that computer users share files across intranets and the Internet. CIFS enables collaboration on the Internet by defining a remote file-access protocol that is compatible with the way applications already share data on local disks and network file servers. CIFS runs over TCP/IP and utilizes the Internet's global Domain Naming Service (DNS) for scalability, and is optimized to support slower speed dial-up connections common on the Internet. CIFS can be sent over a network to remote devices using the redirector packages. The redirector also uses CIFS to make requests to the protocol stack of the local computer.