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What is SMB?

Definition – What does SMB (Server Message Block) mean?

SMB (Server Message Block) is a network protocol that is used by Windows-based PCs that enables systems within the same network in order to share files. It enables computers linked to the same connection or domain in order to access files from all the other location computer as simply as if they were on the computer’s local hard drive. The current version is SMBv2 that was specially designed with Windows Vista and has since undergone more changes under Window 7.

Glossary Web explains SMB (Server Message Block)

SMB not just allow computers to share files, but it also allows computers to share printers and serial ports from other computers within the network. Through, SMB was developed for Windows; it can also be used by lots of other platforms such as Mac OS and Unix using the software implementation known as Samba. Using Samba instructions, Windows, Mac and Unix computers can share the same folder, files, and printers, etc.

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