[Samba] How do users access shares?

Christopher Cox chriscox at endlessnow.com
Mon Nov 8 21:35:35 UTC 2021

On 11/8/21 11:10 AM, Robert Marcano via samba wrote:
> On 11/8/21 11:40 AM, Rob Campbell via samba wrote:
>> I am able to smbclient //host/share -U redhat -c 'ls' and view the files
>> but how do I mount that [as a user]?  All links I find say I need to put it
>> in /etc/fstab.  If I do that, won't everyone have access?  I don't want
>> that.  You know how you would 'net use' to map in Windows, is this not
>> possible in Linux?
> Whe you mount a share on Linux, you are using another client that is part of the 
> kernel, not smbclient that is a user space implementation.
> Try
> mount -t cifs -o username=redhat //host/share /mnt/target_dir
> You will need to have installed the mount.cifs utility. Read the manual page of 
> that command if you want to automate more parameters like the password.

However, on the desktop UI side, I for example use Dolphin under a kerberos 
winbind domain joined host where I can browse to Windows shares just like on 

And if you allow multiple graphical users (something like Xrdp), each person can 
do the same with same sort of Windows semantics with regards to share access.

Can you do the same with the cifs kernel module and command line with 
automounting?  Tada... yes, but takes some work to setup correctly.

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