You can use Nautilus to view available Samba
shares on your network. Select (on
the Panel) => to view a list
of Samba workgroups on your network. You can also type
smb: in the Location: bar of
Nautilus to view the workgroups.
As shown in Figure 23-6, an icon
appears for each available SMB workgroup on the network.
Figure 23-6. SMB Workgroups in Nautilus
Double-click one of the workgroup icons to view a list of computers
within the workgroup.
Figure 23-7. SMB Machines in Nautilus
As you can see from Figure 23-7, there
is an icon for each machine within the workgroup. Double-click on an
icon to view the Samba shares on the machine. If a username and password
combination is required, you are prompted for them.
Alternately, you can also specify the Samba server and sharename in the
Location: bar for
Nautilus using the following syntax (replace
<sharename> with the appropriate values):
To query the network for Samba servers, use the
findsmb command. For each server found, it displays
its IP address, NetBIOS name, workgroup name, operating system, and
SMB server version.
To connect to a Samba share from a shell prompt, type the following
smbclient //<hostname>/<sharename> -U <username>
Replace <hostname> with the hostname or IP
address of the Samba server you want to connect to,
<sharename> with the name of the shared
directory you want to browse, and <username>
with the Samba username for the system. Enter the correct password or
press [Enter] if no password is required for the user.
If you see the smb:\> prompt, you have successfully
logged in. Once you are logged in, type help for
a list of commands. If you wish to browse the contents of your home
directory, replace sharename with your
username. If the -U switch is not used, the username
of the current user is passed to the Samba server.
To exit smbclient, type exit
at the smb:\> prompt.
Sometimes it is useful to mount a Samba share to a directory so that the
files in the directory can be treated as if they are part of the local
To mount a Samba share to a directory, create the directory if it does
not already exist, and execute the following command as root:
mount -t smbfs -o username=<username> //<servername>/<sharename> /mnt/point/
This command mounts <sharename> from
<servername> in the local directory