SMB reference overview


This content 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.


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 content 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 ONTAP System Manager or an automated scripting tool.