File shares

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Mounting Home Directories - CIFS

As WUR has moved to a new home directory storage method, the path to finding it is much simpler:

Write yourself an /etc/fstab entry that looks like this:

//WURNET.NL/Homes/username	/mnt/mdrive	cifs	noauto,user,username=username,domain=wur,uid=localuser,gid=localuser	0	0

(Replace username with your own WUR account name, and localuser with the account you have locally)

Now you can simply:

mount /mnt/mdrive

And after entering your password, you have access to your M drive share.


This may occasionally not work on the first try, as the hostname WURNET.NL points to multiple machines. You may need to do this repeatedly to get a stable connection.

Other Shares

The easiest way to gather information about available CIFS shares is using smbclient. On Ubuntu, you need the pacakge 'smbclient' to provide this.


smbclient -L <server> -U username

This will show you all the mounts available to you on that machine.

To test the mount:

sudo mount //server/share -ousername=username,domain=wur /tmp/smb

This will hold until you unmount it.

Automatically mounting at boot (/etc/fstab)

The above example will only mount when called. You want it to mount on boot. However, a simple issue is present - you must authenticate to mount. Thus, you need to have some credential stash. Modify the options to this:

//WURNET.NL/Homes/username	/mnt/mdrive	cifs	credentials=/home/localuser/.smbpassword,user,username=username,domain=wur,uid=localuser,gid=localuser	0	0

Then you can make the credential file. Set it 600 so that only you or root may read or write.

echo username=username > ~/.smbpassword

echo password=mypassword >> ~/.smbpassword

chmod 600 ~/.smbpassword

What is the DFS-Root

DFS is Microsoft's Distributed File System. The purpose of a distributed file system is that the user can access files without knowing on which server the files are locates. The root of a distributed files system is called the DFS-Root. In the DFS-Root are virtual directories which are actual 'links' to shares on some servers.

Most modern CIFS implementations are able to handle DFS properly, thus a config like:

//WURNET.NL/DFS-Root	/mnt/wdrive	cifs	noauto,user,username=username,domain=wur	0	0

Should work.