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S.M.B / Samba Protocol

The S.M.B protocol ("Server Message Block", best known as C.I.F.S for "Common Internet File System") allows the resources sharing (files and printers) et imprimantes) on local networks. It allows access to resources of other computers running Windows operating systems (natively), Apple Mac OS X, GNU / Linux, BSD and Solaris (via the application "Samba")

Advantages of SMB and Samba are:

  • Excellent performance (broadband, latency, number of users)
  • Reliable, stable and easy to implement (maybe used without any client on the most recent systems)
  • Many powerful tools available to simplify the administration server (Apache, programming languages​​, ...)