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Mount DFS fileshare in Linux

Posted on 2008-10-17
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to mount a Windows DFS fileshare in Linux. Currently the way I have to do it is to mount the actual server which contains the files I need. This is really ugly and cumbersome. Ideally I would like to be able to issue something along the lines of "mount -t cifs -o username=<my_username>,domain=<my_domain> //<server_name>/<dfs_share> /mnt". Currently doing this shows the directory structure but every time I try to drill into a directory it just takes me back to the main directory (in a form of a loopback).

I have heard that the linux community is working on this but I was wondering if there is a way around this currently...
Question by:enggarmin
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by:Gabriel Orozco
Gabriel Orozco earned 100 total points
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maybe in this page you can find more


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I looked at that page and unfortunately the information on dfs shares is from 2007. I really am needing more current info than that. Thanks for the try though!

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ID: 22801201
What they are doing there for the public_html directory is exactly what we currently have to do for all of our fileshares. Unfortunately for us, we are a large organization that has many of these such shares that one user needs access to so we end up having to mount 5-7 shares for each main dfs share and then symbolically link to it so that the user thinks he is going to the right directory.

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ID: 22801208
This is really not a good long term solution to our problem and I was wondering if there was any way of just directly mounting the main trunk of the dfs share and then letting the network services figure out the routing to the sub shares from then on so that we don't have to.

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ltxda earned 400 total points
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Wish I had something else.  That's pretty much the going solution for the situation that I know of.

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Ok. Thanks. I wondered if that was the case.

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