Accessing SMB shares from your Ubuntu workstation

ubuntuIf you've built a Windows file server that uses the SMB protocol, this article describes how to access the Windows share from an Ubuntu workstation.  I used an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS workstation, accessing Windows Server 2012 shares.


Installation

You'll need to start by installing CIFS.

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

 

Password Credentials

Create a hidden password credential file.

vi ~/.smbcredentials

Add the following lines...

username=yourName
password=yourPassword

 

Create Mount Directories

Create the directories that you'd like to mount to...

sudo mkdir /media/HomeSteven
sudo mkdir /media/CompanyShare

 

fstab

Add the following line to the /ect/fstab file.

//serverName/CompanyShareName /media/CompanyShare cifs credentials=/home/steven/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm,domain=YourDomain 0 0 

Repeat for the Home Directory.

 

Mount the share

You can mount the share by running the following...

sudo mount -a

 

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