Mounting a Windows Share

It is quite straight forward to mount a Windows share using the -t cifs option with the mount command, e.g.

 mount -t cifs -o username=myuser //WINDOWS_SHARE_IPADRESS/the_share_name /mnt

You will be prompted for the password asscociated with the user you specified.

If you want to mount a Windows share on boot, you will need to add it to /etc/fstab . It is obviously prefereable not to hard code passwords in a world readable file so here's a way around this. The following is an example line you would add to /etc/fstab:

 //mywindowsserver/theshare             /the_mount_point         cifs    credentials=/etc/samba/auth.priv,rw,uid=root 0 0

/etc/samba/auth.priv contains:


This file has the permissions

 ls -l /etc/samba/auth.priv
 -rwxr----- 1 root root 63 Nov  4 09:37 /etc/samba/auth.priv

This keeps the user credentials relatively safe.

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