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Automount Samba share

Automount Samba share during boot. This is very easy to accomplish in Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution.

First backup your original /etc/fstab file.

sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.backup

Then, install the smbfs package if you dont already have it:

sudo apt-get install smbfs

Next, edit /etc/fstab in your favorite editor.

sudo nano -w /etc/fstab

Add the following line as a new single line into fstab file:

\\SAMBASERVERShareName /mountlocation smbfs user=username,passwd=password 0 0

Automount Samba share Notes

SAMBASERVER is the domain name, hostname or ip address of the Samba server.
ShareName is the name of the samba share (can be found in /etc/samba/smb.conf file on the server).
/mountlocation is the location on the computer where you would like to mount the Samba share. username and password are the username and password to access the Samba share.

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Here is an example:

\\ /media/movies smbfs user=ryan,passwd=xXxXxXxXxXx 0 0

Note that everything is in a single line. “” can also be mysambaserver.com if you have domain name setup.

I hope it works for you. Good luck!.

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