Implementing CIFS: The Common Internet File System

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  • Author: Christopher Hertel
  • Format: archived PDF
  • Price: free

The first developer’s guide to Microsoft’s Internet/Intranet file sharing standard.

For years, developers and administrators have struggled to understand CIFS, Microsoft’s poorly documented standard for Internet file sharing. Finally, there is an authoritative, cross-platform guide to CIFS capabilities and behavior. Implementing CIFS not only delivers the priceless knowledge of a Samba Team member dedicated to investigating the inner workings of CIFS, it also identifies and describes crucial specifications and supporting documents.

Chapters include:

  • A Short Bio of NetBIOS
  • Speaking NetBIOS
  • The Basics of NBT Implementation
  • The Name Service in Detail
  • The Datagram Service in Detail
  • The Session Service in Detail
  • Where It All Went Wrong
  • A Little Background on SMB
  • An Introductory Tour of SMB
  • First Contact: Reaching the Server
  • SMB in Its Natural Habitat
  • The SMB Header in Detail
  • Protocol Negotiation
  • Session Setup
  • Authentication
  • Building Your SMB Vocabulary
  • The Remaining Oddities
  • That Just about Wraps Things Up for SMB
  • A Beautiful Day in the Network Neighborhood
  • Meet the Neighbors
  • Infrastructure: The Mailslot and Named Pipe Abstractions
  • The Talk on the Street
  • The Better Browser Bureau
  • Samba Browse Service Enhancement
  • It Can’t Happen Here
  • At Home in the Network Neighborhood
  • Making a Good Cup of Tea
  • Known NetBIOS Suffix Values
  • The SMB URL
  • SNIA CIFS Technical Reference
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