I'm trying to connect from a stock Debian 8 or 9 Desktop to a Windows shared folder, by clicking "Connect to Server" from Nautilus or Cinnamon using a Server Name:


which works, as I'm prompted to type in my Username / Domain / Password. However, I then get an error message:

Could not display "smb://servername/shared/".
Error: Failed to mount Windows share: Name not unique on network
Please select another viewer and try again.

I'm not sure which name is not unique. How can I connect to this Windows shared folder?

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This is a workaround rather than a complete answer. I was able to access the server by IP, so instead of smb://servername/shared use smb://server_ip/shared

  • I suspect a promising solution might be found by using net join from samba, but this requires admin privileges on AD, which I do not have, and I'm hesitant to keep testing since I have the above workaround ... but maybe I'll come back to it at some point.
    – bbarker
    Aug 31, 2017 at 21:31
  • This is a fine working solution for now. I'm using host servername to get the IP address of the server.
    – Mike T
    Sep 1, 2017 at 10:09

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