It may look like it is duplicate question but in context of RHEL 7, it is not.

As RHEL 7 does not have mount.cifs binary present in /sbin, I want to know what else can be done to mount windows cifs share on Linux machine.

cifs mounts the windows share for sometime and as required I can unmount it. I do not want cifs share to be mounted at boot time. My script shouls do mount and unmounts operations for me.

Suggestions are welcome.



If your company policy allows you to use CIFS then please make sure cifs utility is installed.

# lsmod |grep cifs
cifs                  293313  3

if not then install it

# yum install samba-client samba-common cifs-utils 


# yum install cifs-utils

After installing CIFS utility you should be able to find mount.cifs command.

To mount while booting you will required to add its entry under fstab file


`//10.10.*.*/folder/to-share /mountpoint cifs username=harry,password=XXXXXX,rw,user 0 0`


`//10.10.*.*/folder/to-share /mountpoint cifs credentials=/root/.smbfile,rw,user 0 0`

.smbfile > add Windows machine credentials


with the help of above entries you can change your scripts accordingly.

You may also use autofs

Find the 'CIFS' alternatives links:

Mount Linux NFS Share on Windows 7​ http://www.hackourlife.com/mount-linux-nfs-share-on-windows-7/

How to install Client for NFS on Windows for a UNIX-to-Windows migration http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324055

NFS client for Windows 7 (Microsoft Community) http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...indows-7/42aae25d-d077-4ff9-abdf-7314a589c46d

Utilities and SDK for Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2391

  • About company policy: I downloaded iso from Red hat network. I have installed it on my virtual machine.
    – PathFinder
    Oct 30 '14 at 10:32

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