Mounting a smb share using fstab

Suppose I have a server at with a samba share. In order to mount it automatically every time my machine boots up, I’ll need to have an entry in /etc/fstab:

// /mnt/box cifs credentials=/etc/cifspasswd 0 0

The credentials file contains:


The first time I ran mount -a, I got the following error:

root@server:~# mount -a
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on //box/Volume_1,
missing codepage or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so

with dmesg showing:

CIFS VFS: No username specified
CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -22

To resolve this, install cifs-utils

yum -y install cifs-utils

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