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I am following the "even better method" documented here:

https://wiki.centos.org/TipsAndTricks/WindowsShares

I am unable to get it to work. I follow all the steps, but end up with no access to the windows share.

Questions:

1) Where is the autofs log file , so I can debug? (I already set the log option in autofs.conf to verbose)

2) my auto.mymount is:

WindowsServer  -fstype=cifs,rw,noperm,user=localuser\backupuser,pass=cheesy ://winhost.mydomain.com/backups

I think the "localuser\backupuser" is a poss problem. But that server is in a domain, so I need to specify where the user lives. How to handle?

Suggestions and guidance welcome.

  • \b likely a problem. Man page for mount.cifs ( linux.die.net/man/8/mount.cifs ) says use simply /, so localuser/backupuser in your case. – steve Oct 16 '16 at 21:33
  • @steve Thanks. Tried that, still doesnt work. Where does autofs keep logs? – samsmith Oct 16 '16 at 21:35
  • File /etc/sysconfig/autofs, add OPTIONS="--debug" and then restart autofs. Hey presto, debug info in /var/log/messages. – steve Oct 16 '16 at 21:42
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    Is this a duplicate of unix.stackexchange.com/q/316820/117549 ? – Jeff Schaller Oct 16 '16 at 23:13
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How to debug:

  1. modify /etc/sysconfig/autofs. Append this line at the end: OPTIONS="--debug"

How to resolve your issue: suppose you want to bind Linux /mnt/remote/WindowsServer with Windows shared folder //winhost.mydomain.com/backups. At winhost.mydomain.com you've registered local user 'backupuser'. You have already installed and started nfs and autofs services.

  1. add below line at /etc/auto.master :

    /mnt/remote    /etc/auto.mymount  --timeout=60
    
  2. add below line at /etc/auto.mymount :

    WindowsServer  -fstype=cifs,rw,noperm,domain=winhost,user=backupuser,pass=cheesy ://winhost.mydomain.com/backups
    
  3. restart autofs:

    sudo systemctl restart autofs
    

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