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My question might sound ridiculous, as I have no idea what exactly to ask, so please bear with it.
In our college, we have a central server, that we all access.

Various ways we can open it when I am on Windows are:

  1. It shows up when we open Network and then by simply opening it, we can read/write contents to it.
  2. Type Ctrl + R and then type \\ (our server), and it opens up.

However, I have no idea how to open it on Ubuntu???

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Install the smbclient package, and you will be able to connect to using Places → Connect to Server in Ubuntu (or by opening smb:// in the file manager). Alternatively, run gvfs-mount smb:// in Terminal.

To see the computer list under Network, you may need to install samba too. (Its nmbd component handles network browsing and Windows-compatible name resolution.)

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Thanks dude. You rock. – Jatin Ganhotra Mar 27 '11 at 12:03

Install smbclient and smbfs. If you want to view shares graphically, try installing linneighborhood or pyneighborhood.

Then, from the application "Terminal," run smbclient -L -U%

That should give you a list of shares that you could access.

Then, you need to run:

sudo smbmount // /home/username/whereiwanttomountto -o username=myusername,password=passwordofchoice,uid=1000,mask=000

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smbfs is obsolete and is replaced by cifs. – grawity Mar 26 '11 at 17:59

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