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NFS, CIFS and Samba(difference) ?  why and when we prefer one on another one?

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i want to know difference between these file systems and why we prefer one on another ?
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Hi,

use NFS to share directories between Unix/Linux servers.
Use CIFS on Unix/Linux clients  to mount directories residing on a Windows server.
Use Samba (which also uses CIFS, fomerly SMB as the protocol) to share directories residing on Unix/Linuy servers with Windows clients.

wmp



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CIFS - http://www.acronymfinder.com/Common-Internet-File-Services-%28Microsoft%29-%28CIFS%29.html
NFS - http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/NFS

Adding to wmp's comments there are ways to enable access to NFS shares from a windows systems (adding tools for unix) Windows servers and they can make NFS shares available as well.
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