Common Internet File System (CIFS) is a remote file access protocol that forms the basis of Microsoft Windows file sharing. Various CIFS implementations (for example, Samba) are also available on other operating systems such as Linux. CIFS is the protocol most often used for transferring files over the network. WAN Optimization Manager (WOM) can optimize CIFS traffic, resulting in faster performance for transferring CIFS files, opening Microsoft applications, and saving files. CIFS optimization is particularly useful when two offices that are located far apart frequently need to share and exchange files.
|Write Behind||Specifies whether the system speeds up CIFS file uploads to the server by fulfilling write requests through the BIG-IP WOM system that is closer to the request initiator.|
|Read Ahead||The system speeds up CIFS file downloads by prefetching the file data on the BIG-IP WOM system that is closer to the request initiator.|
|Record and Replay||The system opens CIFS files faster by performing more intelligent read-ahead operations.|
|Office 2003 Extended||The system performs read-ahead operations based on parsing the Microsoft CDF file and understanding its structure.|
|Fast Close||The system speeds up file close operations by fulfilling them through the BIG-IP WOM system that is closer to the request initiator.|
|Fast Set File Information||The system speeds up file metadata change requests by fulfilling the requests through the BIG-IP WOM system that is closer to the request initiator.|