Linux Map a Network Drive

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Before you can mount Windows Shares you need to have CIFS or SMBFS installed.
You also need support built into the kernel. If you are using a binary distribution your kernel should be automatically configured for this.

To install the required mount and unmount utilities and allow users to mount Windows Shares, follow the instructions below.

Getting CIFS/SMBFS installed on Ubuntu or Debian

Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install smbfs

Getting CIFS/SMBFS installed on RedHat

Open a terminal and type:

sudo yum install cifs-utils

Setting mount.cifs and umount.cifs SetUID root to allow user mounts

Issue the command

sudo chmod u+s /sbin/mount.cifs /sbin/umount.cifs


You can map a network drive to Storage01 using the mount.cifs utility. Now that mount.cifs is installed SetUID root, you can run the following command as a regular user:

$ mount.cifs // /path/to/mountpoint -o user=myusername,domain=campus
  • // is the mount location. Replacing 'sharename' with your Stevens username will map the network drive to your personal storage space. Please read the article on Storage01 for other possible locations.
  • /path/to/mountpoint is the location you want to map/mount the network drive at. This should be an empty directory owned by you. You can map it to a mountpoint in your current directory such as 'mnt' by not using any slashes (a full pathname like /home/you/mnt is also fine)
  • username=myusername - myusername should be replaced with your Stevens username.
  • workgroup=campus - this specifies the domain to check your username and password against, leave it like this

When you run this command, you should see a prompt similar to:


Type in your Stevens password and press enter. You will now be able to access the file stored on storage01 at the mountpoint you specified.

To unmount the drive, type

$ umount.cifs /path/to/mountpoint
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