How to create a password file in CentOS

Hello,
Can someone please tell me how I can create a password file in CentOS?

Heres a little history of the issue. My domain has a minimum password length of 14 characters with complexity. I am trying to create a cifs share in CentOS that will map a CentOS directory to a Windows share. For some reason, when I try to mount the windows share, it says that the Password is too long and does not allow me to create the mount because it does not authenticate the user. I have heard in other articles that there is a way to overcome this by creating a password file and referencing that file in the mount command on CentOS. Any suggestions? I would like to see the commands on how to create the password file and what should be included in the mount command to finally mount the windows share.

Thank you..
serg2626Asked:
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edster9999Connect With a Mentor Commented:
From memory it is something like :

mount -t cifs //test/share -o credentials=/root/.cifspasswd /mnt/backup

I have not mounted one like that for a long time.  I do have some old lines in my fstab file you can see :

you can do it in /etc/fstab with something like :

//test/share    /mnt/backups       cifs    credentials=/root/.cifspasswd 0 0

You could get a bit more fancy by adding which user and group to pretend to be in the linux system and what rights to set on files or directories it finds :

//test/share    /mnt/backups       cifs    credentials=/root/.cifspasswd,uid=backupuser,gid=backupgroup,filemode=640,dirmode=750 0 0

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edster9999Commented:
The password file is plain text.
Uggghhhhh.  Sorry I shuddered just thinking about that.

In the mount command you would put something like

credentials=/root/cifspasswd

The plain text file then conatins :
username=value
password=value

so you could creat the file by doing :
echo "username=serg2626" > /root/cifspasswd
echo "password=MySecRet#PassWord999" >> /root/cifspasswd

The bad news is that is pretty much as secure as it gets.  Your login password just sigging in a file.
You should of course set the rights on the file so only you (root) can read it
chmod 400  /root/cifspasswd

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serg2626Author Commented:
Can you give me the full mount command that I would enter. Assume that the target linux directory is called "backups" and the windows share is called "\\test\share".

Thank you again..
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