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Mount windows share in Linux (fstab)

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This works on any modern distribution of Linux, but we are using Ubuntu 14.04 for the process. First, install CIFS/Samba tools, required to mount the share point:

In Ubuntu:

apt-get install cifs-utils

Now let's create the credentials file:

vim /etc/samba/credentials

Where the format is:


Because it is plain text, we want to make sure that only privileged users can access it

chmod 0600 /etc/samba/credentials

Then add a mount point to the /etc/fstab (all in one line):

//  /mnt/backup  cifs    credentials=/etc/samba/credentials,rw,nounix,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777 0 0

Once done, you can mount using mount -a (or mount /mnt/backup as in example above)

Last updated Aug 2, 2018