[Samba] Mounting redirected My Documents on a linux member of the domain

John Yocum jtyocum at uw.edu
Tue Nov 4 12:08:13 MST 2014

On 11/03/2014 02:40 PM, dnl wrote:
> On my test domain, I have the My Documents folder redirected by a group
> policy to \\SERVER\home\%USERNAME%\Documents, so is available on any
> machine on the network. I have added a Linux machine (ubuntu) to the
> domain, and would like users to be able to access their My Documents
> folder on that machine. I am struggling to work out how to do this, and
> have not found any adequate resources on the web which answer all the
> problems. I am aware of the following hazards:
>  1) mount.cifs by default is restricted to root, possible work rounds are
>       a) mount \\SERVER\home as root, use a script to add a link to the
> correct subdirectory - would this be secure, and give the right acccess
> for the user?
>       b) Might be possible to use autofs
>       c) sudo mount.cifs - but then how do you user the kerberos ticket
> of the genuine user, as root is then doing the mounting
>  2) Any method will almost certainly need a logon script, to allow for
> the different usernames, so a level of variable substitution will be
> needed - no hard coded user names, and needs to use the kerberos ticket.
> 3) Mounting can be read only by default.
> I am surprised at the difficulty of finding information on this, as I
> would have expected many others to have done this. Please share your
> solutions.

pam_mount can do the mounting automatically. There are a number of
guides floating around, here's one

John Yocum, Systems Administrator, DEOHS

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