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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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What's the CIFS share permission range that V3 series unified storage assigns to users?
In terms of assigning CIFS share permissions, a user has the maximum permission among the permissions assigned to the user and his/her user groups. CIFS share permissions in descending order are as follows: forbidden > full control > read/write > read-only.

What Is the Difference Between the CIFS Normal Share and the CIFS Homedir Share?
The CIFS Normal share can provide a public directory for all users while the CIFS Homedir share provides each user with an exclusive directory that is named after the user and only accessible to the user. If you do not need to limit permissions on the shared directory, configure the CIFS Normal share. If you want to allow only specific users to access their exclusive directories, configure the CIFS Homedir share. In a CIFS Homedir share, a user cannot access exclusive directories of another user.

Which Ports Must Be Opened to Access a CIFS Share?
Ports 139 and 445 must be opened to access a CIFS share.

What Is the Password for Restarting the CIFS Service?

If the clustered NAS storage system is added to an AD domain, enter the domain user password to restart the CIFS service.

If the clustered NAS storage system is in a non-domain environment, you do not need to enter a password.


How to Change the Name of a CIFS Normal Shared Directory?
You cannot directly change the name of a CIFS Normal shared directory. Perform the following steps to change the name: 1.Delete the share that you want to change. a.In the navigation tree on the ISM main interface, choose All Devices > Clustered NAS Storage System > NAS Services > CIFS. b.In the function pane, select the CIFS Normal share that you want to change. c.Choose Normal Share > Delete. The Warning dialog box is displayed. d.Ensure that no service is running and select I have read the warning message carefully. e.Click OK. The Result dialog box is displayed. f.Click Close. 2.Create a share. a.In the navigation tree on the ISM main interface, choose All Devices > Clustered NAS Storage System > NAS Services > CIFS. b.In the function pane, choose Normal Share > Create. The Create CIFS Normal Share dialog box is displayed. c.Set Share Name to the desired name. d.Keep the other parameters' values consistent with that of the deleted share. e.After the setting is completed, click OK. The Result dialog box is displayed. f.Click Close.

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