Common Internet file system (CIFS) is a protocol used for sharing network files. CIFS allows Windows-based clients on the Internet and intranet to access shared files and other resources. The CIFS share is mainly applicable to the file sharing in Windows.

Server Message Block (SMB) is a protocol used for network file access and CIFS is a public version of SMB. The SMB protocol allows a local PC to access files and request services on PCs over the local area network (LAN).

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