[Nottingham] cifs mounts error to a Windows machine

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Mon Mar 23 15:21:26 UTC 2009

Graeme Fowler wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-03-23 at 13:31 +0000, Martin wrote:
>> Anyone seen this?
> Not exactly, but...
> Does the Windows machine have the exact local hostname you're specifying
> - ie. under "Computer Name", is it called "WINPC02"? I'll surmise now
> that it doesn't.
> ISTR that this is down to differences between the DNS name and the
> NetBIOS name assigned to the machine. I know when I want to mount my C
> drive off my work laptop I either have to use the IP address or the
> assigned NetBIOS name - any deviation from those means that the
> connection fails in the way you describe.

The NetBIOS name is indeed different. Very good find!


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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