1.3 CIFS Features and Capabilities

The CIFS implementation supports the following features on OES 11 SP3:

Table 1-1 CIFS Feature List



Client Support

Support for clients from Windows 7 onwards.

Support for Linux clients from SLED 11 onwards (CIFS filesystem only).

Support for Mac clients from 10.10 onwards.

Integration and Support for Novell Technologies

Integration with NetIQ eDirectory.

Integration with the Novell Storage Services (NSS) file system.

Support for DST shadow volume pair access. For more information, see Section 6.5, Dynamic Storage Technology for CIFS Server.

Support for DFS junctions. For more information, see Section 6.6, DFS Junction Support in CIFS Linux.

Subtree Search

Subtree search or contextless login enables CIFS to search for a user in the entire base context of a tree.

For more information, see Section 6.7, Subtree Search.

Cross-Protocol File Locking

Cross-Protocol locks help prevent the same file from being concurrently accessed for modifications from different users/clients accessing over different protocols (CIFS, NCP, and AFP).

This option ensures that a file is updated correctly before another user, application, or process can access it.

For more information, see Section 6.3, Locks Management for CIFS.


Migration capability from NetWare to Linux. For more information, see Section 7.0, Migrating CIFS to OES 11 SP3.

Universal Password

Support for Universal Password. For more information, see Password Management Security Consideration.

Authentication Modes

CIFS supports NMAS authentication method

Support for NTLMv1 and NTLMv2 authentication mode. For more information, see Table 6-2.

Support for Third-Party Authentication.

File Access

Supports the Novell Trustee Model for file access.

For more information, see Novell Trustee Model in the OES 11 SP3: NSS File System Administration Guide for Linux.

Client-side caching (Offline Files support)

Stores frequently used information on the client's machine. For more information, see Section 6.8, Enabling Offline Files Support.

High Availability

Supported by Novell Cluster Services for high availability. For more information, see Section 9.0, Configuring CIFS with Novell Cluster Services for an NSS File System.

Administration and Configuration

Performed through iManager. For more information, see Section 6.1, Using iManager to Manage CIFS.

User Management

CIFS does not require Linux User Management (LUM) enabling.