CIFS – acronym comes from Common Internet File System. It’s described as Microsoft network file sharing protocol, allows access and manipulate files and folders on remote servers as if they are on local machines.
- Network browsing to locate machines within domains/workgroups and available shares.
- User authentication.
- Authorization at the share, folder and file level.
- Basic file attributes: Read-only, Archive, System, Hidden.
- Extended NTFS file attributes for indexing, compression and encryption.
- Unicode support.
- Opportunistic locks.
- Dialect negotiation – each protocol version is defined as dialect.