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Lab 13.5 - Persistent Network Mounts


In step 4 of the aforementioned lab exercise, when I try to do mount -a, it prompts me for a password, which doesn't seem to be mentioned at all in the lab instructions:

Password for root@//localhost/mainexports:

I tried entering student as the password (as in the credentials in /root/smbfile) but got the following error:

mount error(22): Invalid argument
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)

Alternatively, I tried entering my root password and leaving the password empty as well but got the same result, and man mount.cifs does not seem to mention about such a password. What should I enter for the password when prompted as above?


  • lee42x
    lee42x Posts: 380

    In step 13.4 we created a "smb password" for student. The user root does not have a smb password by default. Please note the passwords used with smb are not the Linux passwords. You must use smbpasswd command to set the password.



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