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Implementing CIFS: The Common Internet File System 1st Edition

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From the Back Cover

"The book that Microsoft should have written, but didn't."
—Jeremy Allison, Samba Team

"Your detailed explanations are clear and backed-up with source code—and the numerous bits of humor make a dry subject very enjoyable to read."
—J.D. Lindemann, network engineer, Adaptec, Inc.

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.

  • Provides essential information for designing and debugging large Windows® and/or Samba networks
  • Offers clear, in-depth introductions to Server Message Block (SMB), NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NBT), browser services, and authentication
  • Drills down into the internals of CIFS, exposing its behavior on the wire and at the desktop—and its strange quirks
  • Presents illustrative code examples throughout
  • Reflects years of work reviewing obscure documentation, packet traces, and sourcecode
  • Includes the SNIA CIFS Technical Reference

Implementing CIFS will be indispensable to every developer who wants to provide CIFS compatibility—and every administrator or security specialist who needs an in-depth understanding of how it really works.

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER R. HERTEL is a member of the Samba Team and a founding member of the jCIFS Team. He has worked with SMB/CIFS networks since the 1980s, when he designed and installed a large-scale network based on DEC Pathworks, using Microsoft and IBM® networking protocols. Hertel is Network Design Engineer at the University of Minnesota.

Series Editor BRUCE PERENS is an Open Source evangelist and developer whose software is a major component of most commercial Linux® offerings. He founded or co-founded Linux Standard Base, Open Source Initiative, and Software in the Public Interest. As Debian GNU/Linux Project Leader, he was instrumental in getting Linux on two U.S. Space Shuttle flights, bringing respect to Linux when few people were taking it seriously. He now consults with companies on Open Source policies and processes.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (August 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013047116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130471161
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I really like this book. The internals of the CIFS protocol is not a subject for the faint hearted, but Chris has really tackled it well. This is just the right book for people like me who want to understand what is going on on their network at the bits and bytes level.
In the Samba Team we have been working on implementing the protocols that Chris describes in this book for the last 12 years or so, but we've always been doing this from sniffer traces and incomplete specifications. It was quite an interesting experience to see all this information distilled into such a readable format.
This isn't the sort of book that one buys grandma for Christmas, but if you run a Windows network and have been curious about what is happening inside all those network packets, how your computers find each other and what that weird error message really means then do yourself a favor and have a read.
Andrew Tridgell
Samba Team
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If want to know CIFS/SAMBA/NetBIOS internals, this is the book to read. It goes into detail of CIFS implementation. You will find discussion on structures, functions, and architecture of CIFS. This is a very good book for programmers who are working in this area. Although the book is useful for general users of CIFS but the real audience are the programmers and people who want to go into in-depth knowledge of CIFS implementation. You should know C programming to really benefit from this book.
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Yes it is true that there is a lot of mess in this protocol suite but it would be more helpful if there was more infomration on CIFs itself and less cynical remarks and private opinions. For example the description of the SMV commands and parameetrs is very sparse.
It would be faster to read the CIFS guide from microsoft or the SNIA reference (both can be downloaded freely)to understand the protocol. Maybe later this book may help in some few corner cases which have more details.
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The information is helpful and appears to be complete. The empirical knowledge implied by frequent contrasts between the specifications and what happens "on the wire" is impressive.
One criticism is that the prose is conversational with many self-conscious references to the author and reader. This makes reading somewhat inefficient and irritating at times.
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It was a good book when it came out which is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, but Microsoft has published their CIFS protocol and it is free download from the MS website so there is no need for guess work. Also, the 11 years since this was published is like 2000 years in real time, this book is now seriously out of date.
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