Accessing Windows Shares

If you want to access your Windows shared folders through Linux and also to be able to view your videos and listen to your mp3 through your local network install smb4k like this:

$ sudo yum install smb4k
Now run smb4k. Go to Settings -> Configure Smb4K -> Samba and put your workgroup’s name. Press Ok and exit. Now click on the Refresh button and let smb4k to scan your network. If you have iptables firewall running you should set Samba as a trusted service. To do so run Firewall from the start menu or open a terminal and type:

Here in ‘Trusted Services’ find ‘Samba’, tick it and press ‘Apply’.

When the shares appear at the left window double click on the one you want. Currently smb4k has a bug with the sudo command. So if you get a message like:

mount error 1 = Operation not permitted Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page ( mount.cifs)
open a terminal and type:

$ sudo chmod u+s /sbin/mount.cifs
$ sudo chmod u+s /sbin/umount.cifs
Each time you update smb4k or a samba component you have to run again this command.


About Tanveer
RIA (Rich Internet Application) Developer with a wide variety of business applications. Particularly interested in client/server and relational database design. Always interested in migration projects, as well as close interaction with the DB manufacturers.

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