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Old 04-10-2003, 01:56 PM   #1
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SMB protocol

Hi all just a quick one now I know that MS use Netbios to frame packets etc on a Windows network..

What I was wondering is, is SMB a sub-set of Netbios i.e. is SMB the actual protocol used to transmit Share information within the NetBios frame between Windows PC's. Or is it a clever little protocol that is used in place of NetBios completely and thus allows Linux/Unix to access Windows Shares.
Old 04-18-2003, 02:15 AM   #2
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SMB lives at the application layer so it is responsible for the actual sharing part. SMB is avaialble to linux using samba.

Netbios lives at the session level and is pretty much always used these days, the name of the pc for example is the netbios name. To run SMB over TCP/IP you need netbios (and therefore to run with linux you need it).
The only way to get rid of netbios is to use netbeui which lives at the session and transport layer, in other words no need to TCP/IP or any other transport protocol. NetBEUI is deprecated in windows now TCP/IP has taken over the world...
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Cheers mate thats answered my question perfectly


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