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
  1. Update the unmount order to prevent CIFS from hanging during shutdown.
sudo update-rc.d -f remove
sudo update-rc.d stop 15 0 6 .
  1. Switch to the user that will have permissions over the local share; find out the UID of the user ($USER)
grep $USER /etc/passwd | cut -d: -f3
  1. Create a Samba credentials file, /home/$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
  1. Create a new empty directory by the Linux user which will hold the client folder:
mkdir ~/mount
  1. 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
  1. Restart mount and hopefully everything will work!
sudo mount -a
ls -la /home/$USER/mount