Ubuntu – How to mount a CIFS share


I'm using Ubuntu 11.10, and am trying to mount a freenas server. I have the server set to share in cifs and nfs with no luck.

I have tried smbmount //192.168.1.### /mnt/

I am not new to Ubuntu but am nowhere near a power user, so I'd prefer a GUI option if available.

How do I mount a cifs share in 11.10?

Best Answer

There is pyNeighborhood which is a gui for mounting samba shares and available in the software centre for download.

There is a good article located here on how to set it up and use it.

First install cifs utils

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

Alternatively, the basic terminal command is :

mount -t cifs -o username=USERNAME,password=PASSWD // /mnt/share

If you'd like to see your mount in Nautilus it would be good to create a subfolder first in /media/USERNAME/ for example:

mkdir /media/paul/cifsShare

also, password could ommited in the mount command for example (will also demonstrate file/folder modes):

sudo mount -t cifs //nas-server/cifsShare /media/paul/cifsShare -o username=paulOnNAS,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,soft,user,noperm

in this case you'll be asked for the password (actually for 2 passwords) on the mounting moment.

Have a read through the Samba documentation here on how to do it and set it up correctly to mount on start up etc.