This document provides help on mounting SMB/CIFS shares under FreeBSD Operating System.
The mount_smbfs command mounts a share from a remote server using SMB/CIFS protocol. You can easily mount MySharedFolder share using the following syntax:
mount_smbfs -I 192.168.1.1 //myUser@serverName/mySharedFolder /mnt/mySharedFolder
You will be prompted for your password. Once this happens you can change to the directory and view the contents usingcd and ls command:
cd /mnt/mySharedFolder ls -la
To avoid password prompt, you have to create a .nsmbrc file in your home directory:
Set username and password as follows:
Note: Both the hostname and the username need to be in uppercase.
Now mount mySharedFolder as follows:
mount_smbfs -N -I 192.168.1.1 //myUser@serverName/mySharedFolder /mnt/mySharedFolder
The -N option forces to read a password from ~/.nsmbrc file. At run time, mount_smbfs reads the ~/.nsmbrc file for additional configuration parameters and a password. If no password is found, mount_smbfs prompts for it. You need to use the -N option while writing a shell script.
mount_smbfs does not make the mount permanent. If the FreeBSD system is rebooted, you will have to mount the share again. To make the mount occur each time you start the FreeBSD system, you can put an entry in your /etc/fstabfile. An example file would look like this:
//myUser@serverName/mySharedFolder /mnt/mySharedFolder smbfs rw,-N,-I192.168.1.1 0 0
Next, you have to add the username and password to /etc/nsmb.conf: