Connecting to a Windows Shared Drive from CentOS using smbclient
October 8, 2012 Leave a comment
What is the quickest way to access a Windows Shared Drive from CentOS ? Use smbclient !
It’s an FTP-like client to access SMB/CIFS resources on a server and its part of the “samba-client” package which is installed by default on CentOS.
[laurent@localhost Downloads]$ rpm -qf /usr/bin/smbclient samba-client-3.5.10-114.el6.i686
The firewall is pre-configured so you don’t need to change anything to use it:
If you look on the internet, you’ll find lots of posts telling you to use this syntax: smbclient [SHARED_DRIVE_UNC_PATH] -U [username]. But if your target Windows server belongs to a domain, you’ll get an NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE error:
[laurent@localhost Downloads]$ smbclient //10.6.9.206/tmp -U laurent Enter laurent's password: session request to 10.6.9.206 failed (Called name not present) session setup failed: NT_STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE
That’s because the domain name must be provided using the -W option. Also (and I must say that I lost a couple of minutes before of this), the password that you must enter is the one from the domain you want to connect to, not the one from your local Linux account.
[laurent@localhost Downloads]$ smbclient //10.6.9.206/tmp -U laurent -W entropysoft Enter laurent's password: Domain=[ENTROPYSOFT] OS=[Windows 7 Professional 7601 Service Pack 1] Server=[Windows 7 Professional 6.1] smb: \>
From there, you can navigate in the target system using the “ls” & “cd” commands and upload/download files using the “put” & “get” commands: see the smbclient man pages for more information.
smb: \> ls . DR 0 Fri Oct 5 09:27:04 2012 .. DR 0 Fri Oct 5 09:27:04 2012 activity_lifecycle.png A 82637 Mon Sep 3 14:01:54 2012 AllowImperso.ps1 A 387 Mon Dec 12 16:03:37 2011 amazon.pem 1696 Thu Aug 30 13:17:43 2012 amazon.ppk A 1464 Wed Sep 12 19:41:54 2012 37897 blocks of size 8388608. 17669 blocks available smb: \> get activity_lifecycle.png getting file \activity_lifecycle.png of size 82637 as activity_lifecycle.png (2017.5 KiloBytes/sec) (average 2017.5 KiloBytes/sec) smb: \>