HOWTO Connect to i3fileshare

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The VMServer running at i3Detroit has storage space for member files which can be accessed from any computer connected to the network.

To access this on your personal computer, you must connect to \\\i3fileshare. The fileshare supports only cifs (Common Internet File System), aka SMB version 1.0


In Windows 10, open Computer, click Computer ➪ Map Network Drive in the Ribbon, and enter the above as the folder. Note that Windows 10 may refuse to connect to the file share due to a protocol security issue. To override this, do the following:

  1. Press Windows+R to open the Run dialog.
  2. Type OptionalFeatures and click OK.
  3. Expand "SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support", and check "SMB 1.0/CIFS Client". (Don't check either of the two other options.)
  4. Click OK, and reboot if prompted.

Mac OS

If you’re using a Mac, in the Finder, choose Go ➪ Connect to Server and enter smb:// If you are prompted for a password, select “Guest”.

Raspberry Pi: (Raspberry OS)

Using this method, only one file (fstab) needs to be edited. No SMB credential file is needed.

You need to install SAMBA (a network file system for supporting SMB. System Message Block, SaMBa) and CIFS (Common Internet File System)

  1. sudo apt update Update Raspberry OS first. Get the updated software.
  2. sudo apt full-upgrade Now upgrade to install the updated software.
  3. sudo apt-get install samba samba-common-bin

Add an entry to the file fstab (File system table) for each user.

To edit fstab (file system table)

sudo nano /etc/fstab

example: for 2 users, user:i3 and user:pynnonen

They are long lines! (make sure you copy the whole line!)

// /home/i3/i3fileshare cifs user=i3,guest,,x-systemd.automount,iocharset=utf8,rw,uid=1035,gid=1000,vers=1.0 0 0

// /home/pynnonen/i3fileshare cifs user=pynnonen,guest,,x-systemd.automount,iocharset=utf8,rw,uid=1035,gid=1000,vers=1.0 0 0