I have had such situation: window's CIFS has already been mounted to /home/external/backup directory on Linux(RHAT7).

Also, I have configured some backup system that has stored files into /home/backup directory. Now I can't change the path for the backup. CIFS mount directory can't be changed too.

Is there any ability to mount CIFS directory to the exisiting home/backup directory so that the backups can be stored in CIFS directory?


you can look that up on redhats knowlegebase: RedHat

Windows share can be mounted on RHEL system using cifs option of mount command as :

[root@host ~]# mount -t cifs -o username=<share user>,password=<share password> //WIN_PC_IP/<share name> /mnt

In case your user is in windows domain then you can define the domain as follows:

[root@host ~]# mount -t cifs -o username=<share user>,password=<share password>,domain=example.com //WIN_PC_IP/<share name> /mnt

EDIT If Cifs Support is missing try running

yum install cifs-utils

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The only way to do this is to unmount and then remount CIFS directory to the directory where backup files are stored using such commands as:

unmount CIFS directory:

umount /mnt

mount CIFS directory to the folder where the backups are stored:

mount -t cifs -o username=<share user>,password=<share password> //WIN_PC_IP/<share name> /home/backup

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