A partner of ours asked me today to help him mount storage for backups on his linux backup server

His storage was located on a Windows 2008 Server, and so the question is how to get the Windows storage visible on our White Label Online Backup Server?

Turns out it’s not hard, but it is tricky!

How to Mount a Windows Share on Ubuntu Linux

Integrating Windows Storage with Ubuntu

This guide explains how to make Windows storage accessible on an Ubuntu server.

Step 1: Set Up a Windows Share

Create a Windows share and give “windowsuser” read/write access. This step ensures the Ubuntu system can identify and access the shared storage.

Step 2: Create Ubuntu Mount Point

Use mkdir /jail/home1 to create a directory in Ubuntu, which will be the point where the Windows share appears in the Linux system.

Step 3: Install Samba on Ubuntu

Install Samba with apt-get install smbfs, necessary for Ubuntu to communicate with the Windows share.

Step 4: Configure fstab in Ubuntu

Open /etc/fstab using nano /etc/fstab and prepare to add the mount details. This file controls the automatic mounting of devices.

Step 5: fstab Configuration Details

Add // /jail/home1 cifs credentials=/root/.smbcredentials,uid=nobody,gid=nogroup,iocharset=utf8,codepage=unicode,unicode 0 0. This line specifies the Windows server’s address, the mount point in Ubuntu, and uses the CIFS protocol necessary for Samba mounts, along with the credentials file location and file system options.

Step 6: Credential Management

Create /root/.smbcredentials and enter username=windowsuser and password=windowspassword. This file securely stores the login details for the Windows share.

Step 7: Secure the Credentials File

Execute chown root:root /root/.smbcredentials; chmod 400 /root/.smbcredentials to restrict access to this file, enhancing security.

Effortless Access to Windows Shares

By following these steps, you can smoothly integrate your Windows and Ubuntu systems, allowing for efficient shared storage and backup management.

If you need to get more background info on how to mount samba shares on Ubuntu, try these resources: