Ubuntu Mount a SMB share via fstab

I normally like to mount a share after logging in, only when needed. After fighting with mount.cifs after every update that came down, I finally gave in to fstab. This tutorial goes over how I decided to mount my share at boot. There are many options to choose from when mounting a share, these worked best for me at the time of this tutorial.

Edit /etc/fstab
sudo nano /etc/fstab

Add a line to the bottom of the file, replacing your shares information
//server_hostname/share_name /mnt/mount_folder smbfs rw,noperm,file_mode=0664,dir_mode=0775,username=smbusername,password=smbpassword 0 0 Save the file

CTRL+X to exit
Y to confirm the save

Now you can reboot or mount everything from fstab with

sudo mount -a

Additional information can be found at samba.org or the Ubuntu Community.

After updating my kernel to 2.6.35-23-generic, the terminal informed me that smbfs would be dropped from future kernel releases. To fix this, we just need to change the entry in /etc/fstab to use cifs.

//server_hostname/share_name /mnt/mount_folder cifs rw,noperm,file_mode=0664,dir_mode=0775,username=smbusername,password=smbpassword 0 0

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