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Setting up a Samba client on Ubuntu 12.04

Linux / Ubuntu / Samba

Based on MountWindowsSharesPermanently, for Ubuntu after 12.04:

1. Create a share on your Windows machine (the remote share)

2. Install cifs-utils

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

3. Update the unmount order to prevent CIFS from hanging during shutdown.

sudo update-rc.d -f umountnfs.sh remove
sudo update-rc.d umountnfs.sh stop 15 0 6 .

4. Switch to the user that will have permissions over the local share; find out the UID of the user ($USER)

grep $USER /etc/passwd | cut -d: -f3

5. Create a Samba credentials file, /home/$USER/.smbcredentials, and make it only user-readable (chmod og-rw ~/.smbcredentials)


# OR:
# username=MyUsername@MyDomain
# password=MyPassword

# OR: (for cifs on Windows Serve 2003)
# username=MyDomain/MyUsername
# password=MyPassword

6. Create a new empty directory by the Linux user which will hold the client folder:

mkdir ~/mount

6. Very carefully edit /etc/fstab, making sure that it is on one line:

//$SERVER_NAME/$SERVER_PATH /home/$USER/mount cifs iocharset=utf8,credentials=/path/to/.smbcredentials,uid=1000 0 0


// /home/jevon/newsroom cifs iocharset=utf8,credentials=/home/jevon/.smbcredentials,uid=1000 0 0

7. Restart mount and hopefully everything will work!

sudo mount -a
ls -la /home/$USER/mount

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