Common Internet File System (CIFS), also known as Service Message Block (SMB), is a method of sharing files and folders between computers. It is the native 'network filesystem' for Windows and the most common method used for sharing files at Newcastle.

Folders shared over CIFS have a "path". In this documentation, we will refer to paths of the form \\path\to\folder, which matches the way in which Windows represents

Accessing CIFS shares

From Windows

This article is relevant for Windows

In Windows 8.1, start Windows Explorer and click "Add Network Location" in the top menu. If it isn't visible, visit "Computer" first.

In the resulting wizard, choose "Custom network location" and type the \\path\to\folder in the resulting box.


Press Start Menu key + R and then type the path e.g. \\path\to\folder in the resulting Run dialogue box.

From Linux

This article is relevant for Linux

In GNOME 3, Start Files if it isn't running already and click Connect to Server in the left-hand menu. Enter cifs://path/to/folder in the "Server Address" field.

From the command line, you can use the smbclient command to get a basic FTP-style connection: smbclient '//path/to/server', or as the super-user use the mount command: mount -t smbfs //path/to/server /mnt.

From Mac

This article is relevant for Mac

In Finder, click Go → Connect to Server... or press ⌘ + K, then type cifs://path/to/folder in the "Server Address" field.

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