The steps below require administrative access to the machine (in sudoers group) and mount the user's H-drive to the specified mount point on the machine's file system.

An alternative, for Ubuntu users, is to use the 'gio' command to mount the share using the gnome file manager.

Step-by-step guide

You'll need to be root to mount the shared spaces.  The examples below show the use of sudo. 

1) Map your H: drive ( home directory )

Replace "abc218" with your actual username in the example below to mount your H: drive ( home directory ).  

$ mkdir /mnt/H
$ sudo mount -t cifs -o username=abc218,vers=2.0 // /mnt/H

2)  For Faculty/Staff, the common space can be mounted with the following commands.  

In this example, replace "abc218" with your actual username, and the "dept" with your actual common department space (eg. a-s/chemistry if you are in the chemistry department)

$ mkdir /mnt/common
$ sudo mount -t cifs -o username=abc218,vers=2.0 // /mnt/common

  • For recent releases of linux (kernel > 4.11), you may not need to specify a SMB version (vers=2.0) in the options as shown above.
  • It will prompt your for your password on the mount command.
  • Your linux distro may need to install keyutils, cifs-utils, smbclient