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Mounting network shares in Linux

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Today we are going to learn how to mount network shares using Linux.  There are two ways to do this, either manually or using the fstab file, and we shall cover both.  For this tutorial we will use the following:

Network share at which is mounted on a FreeNAS system (nfs)

Network share at which is on a Linux Mint 16 file server (samba)

Both shares will be accessed from a laptop running Linux Mint 16.


Lets take the FreeNAS nfs share first.  First thing to do is install the nfs package nfs-common.  Open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install nfs-common

Enter your password when required.  Next thing type:

mount /media/dev/MyDisk1

where: is the ip address of the system where the share is mounted

/media/dev/MyDisk1 is the mount point where you want the share to be mounted

Now lets take a look at the Linux Mint 16 samba share.  Again we need to install the required samba packages so open up a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install samba

Next type:

mount -t cifs // /mnt -o username=user,password=pass


user and pass are your login details

/mnt is the mount point on the local system

Using FStab

In a terminal type:

sudo nano /etc/fstab 

Add one of the following lines to the file depending on if you are using samba or nfs. /media/dev/MyDisk1 nfs hard,intr 0 0 (NFS)

// /media/dev2/Share cifs username=user,password=pass,user,rw,noatime 0 0 (SAMBA)

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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  5. Glad you like the tutorial. Personally I would use samba for sharing between Linux and Windows clients and NFS for Linux clients only. You can share files using samba between Linux clients but NFS is faster.

  6. I have been trying to mount my samba shares for weeks and it was driving me mad. Thank you for this article. As a side question is it better to have samba or nfs shares?

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