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Keep windows shared folder mounted indefinitely

In a previous question, I needed to have a 64 bit 12.04 ubuntu server client that hosted on a hypervisor host have access to a shared folder.  

That has been solved.  

Now I just need to know how to keep that mounted, and/or to have that mounted on boot so that in the event of a crash it will come back up.
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what type of share u have ? samba? cifs?

Never the less you can create add it in your edit /etc/fstab file.

Example: //servername/sharename  /media/windowsshare  cifs  username=msusername,password=mspassword,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm  0  0

Note the user and password will be exposed since the fstab is readable.

You can do this to prevent it

gedit ~/.smbcredentials

Enter your Windows username and password in the file:


Save the file, exit the editor.

Change the permissions of the file to prevent unwanted access to your credentials:

chmod 600 ~/.smbcredentials

Then edit your /etc/fstab file (with root privileges) to add this line (replacing the insecure line in the example above, if you added it):

//servername/sharename /media/windowsshare cifs credentials=/home/ubuntuusername/.smbcredentials,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0

test the fstab entry by issuing:

sudo mount -a

If there are no errors, you should test how it works after a reboot. Your remote share should mount automatically.
IllyankeshAuthor Commented:
You are the man  :)   thanks for such a detailed, and accurate answer, in such a ridiculously short amount of time.
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