SMB reference overview
ONTAP file access features are available for the SMB protocol. You can enable a CIFS server, create shares, and enable Microsoft services.
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 these procedures under the following circumstances:
You want to understand the range of ONTAP SMB protocol capabilities.
You want to perform less common configuration and maintenance tasks, not basic SMB configuration.
You want to use the command-line interface (CLI), not System Manager or an automated scripting tool.