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Definition: SMB is a network file sharing protocol. Communication over SMB occurs mainly through a series of client requests and server responses. SMB client and server software exists within nearly all versions of Microsoft Windows. File sharing systems using SMB, such as LAN Manager for UNIX, have also been produced for many non-Windows operating environments

SMB runs at a higher level on top of other network protocols such as TCP/IP, NetBEUI, or IPX. A new version of SMB, Common Internet File System or CIFS, has been developed by Microsoft for "open" use on the Internet.

Also Known As: Server Message Block, Session Message Block, CIFS

Related Resources:

Sharing Resources with Samba
Learn how to use Samba to share files between Windows and Linux/UNIX systems.

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What Is SMB?
Overview of the file sharing protocol, its place in the OSI model, SMB clients, servers, and variations on the technology.

History of SMB
SMB has existed in some form since the mid-1980s. Several different organizations have contributed to SMB technology.

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