Linux has 2 files that contains the mount points:
- /etc/mtab is a file maintained by the Operating system and should not be touched.
- /etc/fstab is a file where we can place all the mappings you would like to create
Both are loaded when the operating system starts, and as shown later , can be mounted manually.
In order to map a Windows share in a Linux OS, follow these steps:
Create the container
For a regular Windows user it may sound strange, but in order to make a map in Linux, we first must create the container/folder to have the mapped data in.
I would usually prefer to create mapped folders under /mnt folder but it can be anywhere.
so to create a folder, I will type:
Create the map itself
Open the file for edit (I’m using nano text editor)
Add a line to the bottom of the file
The syntax of the map should be like:
//WinServerName/ShareName /Path/To/The/Folder ShareType username=WinUserName,password=WinPassword 0 0
Or in our case
//192.168.0.1/files /mnt/files cifs username=*****,password=********* 0 0
Save the file and exit (CTRL-X)
Apply the changes
Simply type in
and press enter
That’s it , change folder to the mount point and you will see the content of the shared folder.