Mounting Windows Shares In Linux
How do I permanently mount a windows share on my linux box
First we need to make sure you have the smbfs and smbclient packages installed on your linux box.
If you are using RedHat, Fedora & Centos enter the following in a terminal window with root priviledges.
# rpm -qa samba-client
If the packages are not installed then run:
# yum install samba-client
If you are using Debian & Ubuntu then enter the following:
# apt-get install smbfs smbclient
Next, we need to edit fstab to make the mount permanent and have it automatically mount at system start
# vi /etc/fstab
Next we are going to add the following info to the /etc/fstab file. Make sure that it is all on a single line.
Your fstab file should now look like the following:
//windowsbox/sharename /mnt/directory smbfs credentials=/etc/.smbpasswd 0 0
Next we need to secure your username and password for accessing the shared folder on the Windows box
Create a file to store your username and password:
# vi /etc/.smbpasswd
Next, add your username and password to the file:
Next, we need to set the permissions of /etc/.smbpasswd so that only root can access the file:
# chmod 600 /etc/.smbpasswd
Re-read your fstab and re-mount the entries:
# mount -a
That is it, you are finished, you should now be able to access a shared folder on a Windows box. :)