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CIFS & SNTP

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What is the relationship between CIFS and SNTP.  I have a scanning device which can scan images to a network folder using CIFS.  For it to work, I have to synchronise my scanner with an SNTP time server, which I have installed on my network.

Why is this?  Why will CIFS not work without a time server?
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Overview of CIFS: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc939973.aspx

Overview of SNTP: http://blogs.technet.com/industry_insiders/articles/w32_tm_service.aspx

The nutshell version is that many apps use the NTP to make sure they are "in sync" with the network share they are accessing.  This is to prevent data transfer corruption, in most cases.  CIFS will work without a NTP server, yes, but your scanner may need the SNTP server in order to make sure it always has the correct time.  There is no direct correlation between CIFS and NTP.  It is most likely a vendor requirement from your scanner vendor.
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Many thanks for your easy to understand answer.  I am now a little wiser as to why my scanner needs SNTP in order to use CIFS.
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