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http versus smb on windows 2003 [message #163758] Sat, 06 June 2009 16:21 Go to next message
bencr333  is currently offline bencr333
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Is the smb inheritently faster than http? Or does it depend on the OS? What
about in Windows 2003. Would it be accurate to say that, with other factors
constant (network, hardware, software, etc.) that SMB transfers are always
going to be faster than http transfers or, vice versa, that http will be
faster than SMB.
Re: http versus smb on windows 2003 [message #163763 is a reply to message #163758] Sat, 06 June 2009 20:43 Go to previous message
aceman  is currently offline aceman  United States
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"bencr333" <bencr333@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4A87D61C-656A-46E7-BD00-9D52CFD604BF@microsoft.com...
> Is the smb inheritently faster than http? Or does it depend on the OS?
> What
> about in Windows 2003. Would it be accurate to say that, with other
> factors
> constant (network, hardware, software, etc.) that SMB transfers are always
> going to be faster than http transfers or, vice versa, that http will be
> faster than SMB.


SMB, or Server Message Blocks, is the protocol that Windows uses to
communicate with each other. It's a Microsoft propietary communication
protocol that requires RPC communication between machines, including
authentication whether Kerberos or NTLM. HTTP is an idustry standard for web
servers across the internet. SMB will not work across the internet without a
VPN or other secure tunnel between your internet host and another internet
host. Good example is when trafnsferring files between two machines using a
UNC or mapped drive.

That said, are you trying to transfer internally between two machines, or
across the internet? If across the internet, SMB doesn't count for obvious
reasons. FTP is the preferred method for file transfer. It's controllable,
whereas HTTP is not. With FTP you have resume capabilities as well,
depending on the FTP server and FTP client if it supports it. HTTP is used
as an option by many companies for people that don't know how, don't have an
FTP client, or simply do not understand FTP.

If internal, such as a intranet, then you would be using HTTP. In such
cases, the shared folder more than likely will not be availabe for users to
be able to map a drive to it to transfer it that way. If they did, SMB has
more overhead because of RPC and authentication headers, etc. HTTP does not.

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