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What is the difference between NFS and CIFS?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Sep 17, 2019

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P. Micah

P. Micah

Answered on Oct 21, 2019

These terms may be very tech-related for some people, but if you would know what they mean, you will understand how they will be used. NFS stands for Network File System. This is based on Linus systems or UNIX systems. CIFS is similar to the NFS, but the main difference is that this will be used for Windows-based systems.

This will be very helpful in making sure that file-sharing can be more efficient. It can be connected to different computers, printers, and other devices. Between the two, CIFS is considered to be “more chatty” because it would require a lot of prompts before it would continue with the processes that you may want to do.

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L. Gibson

L. GibsonScience Professor
Science Professor

Answered on Sep 17, 2019

NFS stands for Network File System and CIFS Common Internet File System. NFS is a method of mounting Linux directories on a network. It is how Linux based operating system share files between Linux computers. If you need to mount a Linux file system on a windows device the preferred option is CIFS. CIFS. It was originally designed by Barry Feigenbaum.

CIFS is a network communication protocol used to share files, printers and other documents between machines. CIFS is commonly used in Windows. It is much easier to use for file transfer. Before you can access a file, the protocol will initiate a request on one device which must be granted by the other device. Hope you find this information helpful.

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T. Wikati

T. WikatiTechnical Writer, New York
Technical Writer, New York

Answered on Sep 04, 2019

NFS or Network File System is known to be used for Linux while the CIFS is considered to be a network protocol that can also be used by people. This can be used for remote access so that some old files that can be found in the computer can be modified and improved.

CIFS can make it easier for people to share some files with each other. This will always require people to choose if they would allow another person to share or receive data from the computer. The user will always need to make a decision so that the procedure may or may not take place. CIFS is known to have a broader scope as compared to the NFS.

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A. CookEnglish Professor, M.A, Ph.D, Kentucky
English Professor, M.A, Ph.D, Kentucky

Answered on Sep 03, 2019

Two terms that usually surface in network protocols, computers, and file systems are the NFS and the CIFS. You may have encountered them once or twice when you are using your computer and have no idea what they are. Let us start with NFS. NFS stands for Network File System that is usually used in Unix or Linux-based operating systems and somehow related Microsoft’s Windows. This application is intended to have remote access in your computer.

Two terms that usually surface in network protocols, computers, and file systems are the NFS and
The old files in the user’s computer can be edited and changed through another computer as its remote. On the other hand, CIFS, or Common Internet File System is used in Windows for file sharing. It always initiates a request when you want to access files on computer A through Computer B or the server PC. Computer B will only then respond to the request that the program made. This is the choice of big companies who have hundreds of employees that need to access or work on common data.

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