Deciding whether to use the SMB/CIFS Reference

This guide describes ONTAP file access features available for the SMB protocol. It shows you how to enable a CIFS server, create shares, and enable Microsoft services. It includes planning guidance and detailed implementation instructions.

Note: SMB (Server Message Block) refers to modern dialects of the Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocol. You will still see CIFS in the ONTAP command-line interface (CLI) and in OnCommand management tools.

You should use this guide under the following circumstances:

If you want to create a basic configuration using best practices, you should choose among the following documentation:

If you want to use ONTAP System Manager to implement your CIFS solution, you should choose the following documentation:

If you require additional configuration or conceptual information, you should choose among the following documentation: