I'm trying to mount a remote Windows share on a VPS using the following command:

sudo mount -t CIFS //cifs.example.com/sharename -o username=blah

But this throws a wrong FS type error. If I substitute cifs.example.com with my IP address, then it mounts fine.

How can I get around this issue?

  • I presume an nslookup on cifs.example.com returns the same IP address? – mt025 Aug 13 '16 at 17:37
  • It does, yeah. I think my VPS looks at cifs.example.com and jut decides it's a local hostname, and gives up. – MacKirby Aug 13 '16 at 17:54


Installed cifs-utils for starters, which didn't resolve the issue but has certainly paved the way. Once I specified vers=3.0, the drive mounted without issue.

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